By creatively expanding beyond the limitations of conditioned space JCDA and Reed Hilderbrand’s work fulfilled the client’s desire for students to have a space that would build community and identity.

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THE PAVILION PROVIDES A DEDICATED SPACE FOR STUDENTS TO GATHER AND EXCHANGE IDEAS

THE PAVILION HARNESSES ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS

THE PAVILION'S MATERIALITY CREATES AN ATTRACTIVE GATHERING PLACE

THE PAVILION IS SITED AT A KEY CIRCULATION POINT WITHIN THE CAMPUS

THE PAVILION AT NIGHT

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TREES AND SKY ARE EMBEDDED WITHIN THE PAVILION CEILING

Description

The HBS Schwartz Pavilion is a contemporary structure located in the heart of the Harvard Business School campus. It is designed to be a focal point for student engagement and activity within the newly renovated campus commons. The siting of the pavilion in the commons along the primary circulation routes of the commons paths and Kresge Way encourages participation for both informal and structured social exchanges and recreation.

Strategically placed within Reed Hilderbrand’s landscape design, JCDA’s pavilion is configured with two overlapping canopies of different heights that link to the scale of the open lawn of the commons and the surrounding building context to define the two primary covered spaces of engagement. Light responsive materials of the canopy and vertical partitions provide privacy, delineate space, and display activity and occupancy.

The pavilion canopy and partition walls are arranged to optimize comfort with the seasonal changes of wind and sun light in the commons site. Operable sliding and folding glass doors can be deployed to alter the scale of event spaces, create more enclosure, and support the use of the pavilion in the shoulder seasons. Summer and winter sun exposure and wind directions are taken into account in the pavilion orientation for passive cooling and heating and to support HBS’ goals for sustainability.

Architect: Architecture Operations DPC / REID Architecture PLLC
Landscape Architect: Reed Hilderbrand
Client: Harvard Business Schoo
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