Behnisch Architekten has designed a new Harvard University building with an unusual facade built using a unique technology
March 25, 2022
Harvard University has recently added a new science and engineering building. It houses the John Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, which is attended by students working in various fields – robotics, bioengineering, applied physics and mechanical engineering. A modern building was designed and erected for the new building. The authors of the project – Behnisch Architekten – used in it “the world's first hydroformed stainless steel grating”.
The building is designed to “inspire learning and scientific discovery within the framework of sustainable development.” It consists of three volumes connected by glazed multi-storey atriums. The most remarkable thing about the new building is its façade. It is in it that a hydroformed lattice is used (its shape was created by combining metal and liquid). It is needed in order to soften the direct sunlight from the street and at the same time add it in the winter.
Inside, the architects sought to create the most open space out of glass and concrete. The interiors are decorated in a modern style with multifunctional designer furniture in bright colors. The project also uses many modern sustainable solutions: shading devices, natural ventilation, solar panels and roof terraces.