Harvard University Graduate Commons

Cambridge, Massachusetts
Client: Harvard Real Estate Services

Project Description

  • Bringing new graduate student housing to Harvard’s Cambridge campus, this six-story residence hall transforms the edge of the University’s campus in the Riverside neighborhood.
  • Featuring 141 apartments plus 189 parking and 104 bicycle spaces on three levels below grade, the building’s design incorporates a façade of brick, copper, limestone, and granite—materials that closely relate to the vernacular of Harvard’s historic River Houses.
  • Bridging the architectural variety of the site’s context—from adjacent University towers to the pedestrian-scaled residential neighborhood—required careful urban design that balanced massing, and stepped heights and setbacks to recogonize adjacent residences.

Photographer: Robert Benson

Harvard University Graduate Commons day exterior
Harvard University Graduate Commons Exterior
Harvard University Graduate Commons Trellis