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Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center

Harvard University | Cambridge, MA

The 1960-1965 Holyoke Center at Harvard has undergone a major transformation. A much-needed modernization and radical reorganization of uses brought new spaces into the public sphere with multi-story linkages throughout the site. Newly accessible landscaped plazas at the north and south ends of the site, a dramatic roof garden, interior birch grove reinforce the building’s openness to Harvard Square. Flexible interior spaces for performances and other events attract and mix the university’s varied constituencies– faculty, undergraduates, staff, graduate students, and engaged visitors from the public-at-large.

Bruner/Cott worked with Harvard’s client team and Hopkins Architects (Design Architect) on extensive planning and programming for this important campus icon. The now-historic architecture of Josep Lluis Sert (Dean of Harvard’s Graduate School of Design in the 1960s) has been carefully rethought with increased transparency across the lower two floors and improved connectivity between the original arcade and the two side streets. The building’s tenth floor is converted to meeting spaces with a café. The lower floors have six new food venues inside plus a new restaurant facing a major side street. Building envelope work consists of full concrete restoration and introduction of safety and solar improvements to glazing.

Bruner/Cott is  Executive Architect, and Hopkins Architects is Design Architect.

Photography by Janie Airey and Nic Lehoux.

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96,242 sf