Client: Office of the Provost
Design Architect: Barkow-Leibinger
Architect of Record: Sasaki Associates
Contractor: Lee Kennedy Co., Inc.
Size: 9,000 SF
Harvard University’s ArtLab will serve as a hub of art innovation. It will feature spaces that allow Harvard faculty, students, and visiting artists to cross media and academic boundaries to explore possibilities in sensory experience and social cognition. The ArtLab will further amplify the importance of arts-practice research and collaboration at Harvard and will host exhibitions and performances, bringing together Harvard, its growing Allston campus, and the community.
The 9,000 SF building is organized as a one-story pinwheel plan with a series of artist studio spaces, common space and exhibition, workshop, and video and sound engineering spaces which surround a common hub space at the center. The building is intended to be light and industrial and will include a welcoming, publically-accessible outdoor space to complement the collaboration and art making that will take place inside.