Harvard University Science and Engineering Complex
The President and Fellows of Harvard College
Behnisch Architekten, Boston
Collaborating Lighting Designer
© Brad Feinknopf / OTTO
Setting a new paradigm for scholarship in the 21st century and beyond, Harvard’s Science and Engineering Complex (SEC) is designed to inspire learning and scientific discovery while showcasing sustainability. The eight-level, 544,000-square-foot building is organized into three four-story volumes connected by two glazed, multi-story atria that provide light-filled social hubs for faculty and students. Classrooms, makerspaces, teaching labs, and amenity spaces occupy the floors closer to the street, where they highlight active learning, showcase student work, and engage the community. Wet and dry research labs are located in the upper volumes, where they provide researchers with more solitude and security.