Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
A good neighbor: University housing that contributes to its community character
This 252-bed apartment complex consisting of two six-story buildings was designed to house students and/or junior faculty, in response to the university’s frequently changing needs. The DeWolfe Street housing provides a sensitive transition from the larger scale Leverett House to the Cambridge neighborhood.
The red brick facades are punctuated by carefully detailed metal bays to modulate the long facade. A two-story, lead-coated, copper dormered roof brings down the apparent scale of the complex, allowing it to fit more sensitively in its context. The four-story facades are closely aligned with the height of the adjacent church rectory and with the surrounding residential neighborhood.
- As faculty housing, the typical apartment consists of living room, dining area, kitchen, two bedrooms, and one and a half baths. The same apartment serves as a four-person suite when building occupancy is assigned to students.
- Shared and common spaces include a multi-purpose community room, laundry, lounges, and below-grade parking.
- The first floor of #10 also houses the Harvard-Radcliffe Child Care Center, including administrative and support facilities, a separate dedicated entrance with automobile drop-off, and a secure outdoor play area.