2024 Vitruvian Design Competition
Architect: Behnisch Architekten
Structural Engineer: BuroHappold
Façade Engineer: Knippers Helbig GmbH
Façade Contractor: Josef Gartner/Permasteelisa
Main Contractor: Turner Construction Company
The new Science and Engineering Complex is the Harvard University’s latest significant addition to its Allston campus. Designed as a dynamic place for research and teaching, the Science & Engineering Complex creates highest standards of scientific and interdisciplinary work.
Lively meeting zones support the exchange and create a pleasant atmosphere. The 544,000-square-foot building is in the upper floors divided into three volumes organized around two light-filled, multi-story atria, providing social hubs and creating linkages. The volumes include the wet and dry research labs and offer the researcher more privacy. Public traffic with classrooms, teaching labs, and amenity spaces is concentrated on the lower floors, oriented towards the landscaped Engineering Yard intended for ceremonial and recreational activities.