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Harvard Art Museums | RENZO PIANO >> Exhibition and research combined, to harvest innovation

Harvard Art Museums, Renzo Piano - Interior View3

When old and new coexist seamlessly, with no compromise: renovation and expansion

For more about building within a pre-existing context, check out PRE-EXISTING | Building within history

Harvard University’s three art museums (the Fogg, the Busch-Reisinger and the Arthur M. Sackler) are being consolidated into one reorganized and upgraded facility, Harvard Art Museums, on the current site of the Fogg Museum on Quincy Street. The restored historic courtyard of the Fogg Museum will be at the heart of 200,00 sq. ft (18,500 sq.m) of new museum space.

The new facility will combine the Fogg’s protected 1920’s Georgian revival building, with a new addition on its east side, along Prescott Street. A new glazed rooftop structure bridges the old and the new. The rooftop addition, designed with sensitivity to surrounding historic structures, will allow controlled natural light into the conservation lab, study centers, and galleries, as well as the courtyard below.

Pictures by ©RPBW

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