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2021 WAN Awards entry: Harvard University Science and Engineering Complex (SEC) - Behnisch Architekten, Boston

Copy taken from 2021 entry
10 Jun 2021

Harvard University Science and Engineering Complex (SEC) by Behnisch Architekten, Boston is an entry in the Best Overall Sustainable Architecture Project category of the 2021 WAN Awards

The new Science and Engineering Complex is the Harvard University’s latest significant addition to its Allston campus. The cutting-edge laboratory space and generous collaborative environments support the research on visionary projects and the interdisciplinary work.

The eight-level, 544,000 sq ft building is organized into three four-story volumes connected by two glazed, multi-story atria, that provide light-filled social hubs, create linkages and encourage cross-disciplinary work. The lower floors of the building occupy classrooms, teaching labs, and amenity spaces, that vary in size and layout and embrace an extensive landscaped Engineering Yard intended for ceremonial and recreational activities.

Wet and dry research labs are located in the upper floors, providing the researchers with more solitude. Modular, flexible laboratory environments, smart zoning of highly ventilated zones, and centralized lab services ensure the future adaptability. The layered design of the façade calibrates the scale of the large volumes, creates an identity, and plays a crucial role in the efficient energy performance.

Sustainability and performance are high priorities for Harvard; the SEC has received LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge Petal certification for the use of healthier materials. In addition to innovative heating and cooling systems, daylighting, and vegetated roofs, the integrated energy concept emphasizes on facade design, natural ventilation, and laboratory ventilation.

The world’s first hydroformed stainless-steel screen is precisely dimensioned to shield the interior from solar heat gain during warmer months while admitting beneficial sun during the winter, reducing cooling and heating loads. The screen reflects daylight towards the interior while maintaining large view apertures.

All the information about how to enter the 2021 WAN Awards is here.  

We are very happy to offer support so please don’t hesitate to email Shakira Browne, Senior Event Manager with any questions at shakira.browne@haymarket.com.  

Last year more than 40 countries took part in the WAN Awards with strong showings from Europe, the Americas and Asia-Pacific. And we saw some truly outstanding interior designs, take a look at the winners from last year here.

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