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Harvard Graduate School of Design Gund Hall Extension

CAMBRIDGE, MA, USA, 26 July 2018 – Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) has selected Herzog & de Meuron as design consultant and Beyer Blinder Belle as architect of record to design a significant expansion and retrofit of the school’s Gund Hall into a twenty-first century hub of design innovation. The selection follows a two-stage process organized by the university. Design development has commenced and will continue through the summer months until early Fall 2018.

Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron said: “We have always admired the intellectual spirit and free-thinking atmosphere of the school with its mythic Gund Hall building, and can now transform this building by excavating, adding, and connecting spaces that will support communication and exchange within the GSD community.”

The proposed design connects the GSD’s backyard to Gund Hall’s front facade while improving accessibility and orientation inside and outside the building. The addition provides a new entry and focal point on Quincy Street, formalizes Gund Hall’s back entrance, and coherently connects the entire building to the surrounding campus and backyard, Harvard GSD’s most dynamic outdoor space. Importantly, all program added to Gund Hall by the addition will leave the backyard untouched and open.