Rosovsky Hall, Harvard - Radcliffe Hillel

Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1994

In 1991, Harvard-Radcliffe Hillel in Cambridge, Massachusetts, invited Moshe Safdie and Associates to design its new building. The service organization provides Jewish educational, cultural, religious, and social opportunities for students and faculty at Harvard University and is a center for Jewish life in the community. The new building, named in honor of Henry Rosovsky, former dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard, is located in the heart of the undergraduate campus, off Harvard Square. The building is centered on the diagonal through a glazed tower on Mount Auburn Street. The centerpiece of the 19,500-square-foot building is a circular courtyard defined by three skylit, vaulted spaces that from a U-opening to Plympton Street. This versatile garden courtyard can accommodate a sukka during festivals as well as outdoor and tented activities. On the ground floor of the building is a student lounge, a dining hall, and a multipurpose room. The upper floor features a library, offices, and multipurpose rooms for worship and meetings. The building is clad with brick and precast concrete and has a leaded copper roof. The courtyard is enclosed by load-bearing columns.

Project Type: Academic

Client: Harvard University

Cost: $3.65 million

Size: 21000