Two buildings located on either side of Cambridge Street at Prescott Street, east of Gund Hall on the Harvard University campus
Gross Floor Area226,800 s/f including 94,300 s/f below grade
Center for Government and International Studies, Harvard University
Landscaped university complex
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The Center for Government and International Studies houses the Department of Government and various research centers affiliated with the Faculty of Arts and
Sciences at Harvard University. The Center includes new and existing structures in an integrated complex accommodating a range of academic and administrative uses, including faculty offices, classrooms, library and computer facilities, the Harvard-MIT Data Center, and a café.
The new complex unites members of the Government Department in a single location alongside the thriving research centers. It promotes interdisciplinary exchange among faculty, students and visiting scholars from
other universities in the United States and abroad. In addition, it provides space for graduate students to be in close proximity to their faculty advisers and to students in related fields, thus deepening the mentoring relationship so essential to graduate education and opening opportunities for first- and second-year graduate students to learn from and interact with their more advanced colleagues.
The two five-story mirror-image buildings are located on either side of Cambridge
Street. The exteriors, clad in terra cotta, integrate sweeping expanses of glass. The dramatic interiors abet formal and informal interaction through dramatic curved staircases connecting airy atrium spaces linking the upper floors of the building. A large percentage of the building's square footage is located below-grade, with skylights that draw in natural light.
Knafel Building: 5-story atrium, Library, Data Center, interior Wintergarden, Café, faculty and graduate student offices, seminar rooms, interconnection to the Graduate School of Design (Gund Hall), exterior Garden
South Building: 5-story atrium, 149-seat Lecture Hall, 60-seat Case
Study room, seminar rooms, faculty and graduate student offices, exterior sunken garden
Pei Cobb Freed & Partners services
Site analysis, programming, community interface,
public approvals, full Architectural Services, Interior Design
Olin Partnership, Philadelphia, PA
LeMessurier Consultants, Cambridge, MA
Mechanical / Electrical / Plumbing
Cosentini Associates, Inc., Cambridge, MA
Cosentini Lighting Design, New York, NY
Acentech, Cambridge, MA