New Harvard Residence by Kyu Sung Woo


The new Harvard University residence at 10 Akron Street

November 16, 2008. In an effort to relieve pressure on the local Cambridge, MA housing market, Harvard University has opened a new 115,000-square-foot student residence designed by local architect Kyu Sung Woo. The dormitory complex comprises 215 beds and 30 suite types, a faculty director’s suite, fitness room, study lounges, a multipurpose room and a garage, as well as additional public open space along the Charles River. The building is a six-story brick box that perches atop a smaller wood-clad box and decorated with the staggered depths of bay windows. To achieve LEED status, the architect used green finishes including regionally-sourced siding with recycled content, renewable bamboo flooring and wall paneling, low-VOC finishes and building systems designed for low energy usage. kswa.com, harvard.edu


A brick box stacked on a wood box with variegated windows

Kyu Sung Woo Architects was generous with glazing

Public spaces are accented with color and windows

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