The new research and teaching building for the Harvard School of Dental Medicine will be within the Longwood Medical Area. The site abuts the existing School of Dental Medicine and is near the School of Public Health and the Warren Alpert research building. The site design creates architecture of “connectivity.” The new building brings together the research and clinical COST PER SQ FT$250.00FEATURED IN2001 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress in an environment that encourages collaboration and interaction.
The building fronts a new plaza and creates a new focus for the campus pedestrian network. An atrium space, linking the School of Dental Medicine to the School of Public Health, provides an informal gathering space.
The prominent west facade is made entirely of a glass curtainwall. The transparency created between inside and outside will animate the exterior by revealing the diverse activities. The facade is articulated further by an entrance portico. It projects volumes and screening devices that differentiate communal gathering spaces from work spaces.
The building includes an auditorium, classrooms, seminar rooms and faculty offices. The upper three floors provide laboratories for genetic research. The open-plan configuration of the labs will facilitate communication among researchers.