Harvard Graduate Housing Complex
Architect: Jonathan Levi Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
The 29 Garden St. Graduate Housing Complex for Harvard University provides 143 beds for students from a wide array of graduate programs. The project's 75 residential units include studio, double-studio, two bedroom and faculty three bedroom unit types. Other components of the community complex include a residential food servery/convenience store, a dining commons/multi-function room seating 45-80, an informal lounge, a garage with parking for 62 cars, a laundry facility, a campus police substation, double-height communal spaces, and a new 10,000 square foot rooftop garden terrace.
Working at the urban scale, the roof of the existing parking structure on the interior of the site was developed as a new occupiable open space. The newly reclaimed garden is accessed and visible from Garden Street through a three storey archway and stair cut through the existing building facade.
At the terrace level, three bedroom townhouse-type units, accessed directly from the new garden, provide for a resident faculty presence. On the typical levels, a new housing type for Harvard - the ‘double studio’ – has been created. One double studio type affords students independent living/study/sleep areas, while sharing kitchen and bath amenities. The second variety includes a space-efficient, pre-furnished shared dining/conference/social nook and provides private bathrooms for each student.