Harvard University, Events & Information Center

Cambridge, Massachusetts

  • FIRM

    Amory Architects

  • CLIENT

    Harvard Office of News and Public Affairs

  • AREA

    1,600 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $200,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    4/1998

Harvard wanted to create an information gateway in the indoor arcade of the main administration building that communicates the university to visitors and the news media. Harvard Information Office has transformed from a dark, cramped room into the open, versatile center presenting Harvard’s story of excellence, diversity and accessibility through ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$125.00FEATURED IN2000 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYStudent Centers/Service Areas maps, exhibits, computers, video and the printed page.

The university wanted visitors to access the latest technology, yet feel as if they had entered an old Harvard building. The architect integrated computer banks and a video alcove without overwhelming new custom walnut cabinetry, photo murals of Harvard, and furniture and memorabilia culled from Harvard’s “attic” including exam chairs, an antique fireplace and a portrait of John Harvard from a 19th-century cigar box.

The design draws people from the arcade through a series of information zones. Once inside, defined areas of activity exist within an open plan.

Photographer: ©Greg Premru