Harvard University Graduate School of Design (Harvard GSD) has chosen Basel-based architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron as design consultant and New York firm Beyer Blinder Belle (BBB) as the architect of record for the transformation project of its Gund Hall.
Under this project, the new space will be integrated into the current school structure. This space is intended to boost cross-disciplinary collaboration by creating intersection points among the school’s present studio workspace, faculty and departmental offices, seminar rooms and classrooms, research library, and the new interior spaces intended for social gatherings, and public programmes.
The latest addition is expected to add a minimal amount to Gund Hall’s physical footprint, thereby eliminating the need for securing additional land. This would preserve Harvard GSD’s green space and basketball court.
The architects were chosen through a two-stage process. The designer selection committee included Harvard GSD faculty and staff members, along with university-appointed design advisers.
The schematic design development as per Herzog & de Meuron’s proposal has already begun and is expected to be completed during late-2018.
Gund Hall, which opened in 1972, was designed by Australian architect and Harvard GSD graduate John Andrews.
BBB and several consultants will collaborate with Herzog & de Meuron to design the project.
Herzog & de Meuron and BBB are expected to bring significant institutional experience to Harvard GSD.
BBB has been associated with Harvard for over 14 years and includes the recent renewal projects of Winthrop and Adams Houses.