Harvard Business School - Commons Pavilion glass facade and roof
Ph.: © Reid Freeman, REID architecture PLLC

Harvard Business School, Commons Pavilion

Boston, MA | USA
Business Area
PAVILION ARCHITECTJames Carpenter Design Associates (JCDA)
Ph.: Jürgen Wax, Josef Gartner GmbH
The Concept

Harvard Business School, one of the most renowned business schools worldwide, aimed to create a central space for events. The pavilion is also based on the adjacent Klarman Hall. Its transparent design is in contrast to the neighboring university buildings, however preserving the historic view. The HBS Schwartz Pavilion was recently given a 2019 SARA National Design Merit Award. SARA is the Society of American Registered Architects. In the early summer the project also received a 2019 Design Honor Award from the New York chapter of SARA. 


Glass walls, feature double strips Ipachrome screen printing with white digital printing, matching in width and arrangement and aligned on two levels. All glasses are SGP laminated in order to improve structural properties, and they are made of highly transparent low-iron glass. This way, light transmission could be improved despite the printing and acid-etch, and green cast avoided. A horizontal sliding wall, 3.50 m (11 ft) high and 9.50 m (30 ft) wide, opens the pavilion sideways to the garden. The individual panels of the partitions are made of aluminum and glass. They are held and guided at two points in upper guide rails by means of a concealed fitting system. Glass roof featuring curved glass panels with two overlapping levels, supported by stainless steel columns. The glass panes create unique lighting effects through dotted screen printing and special etching. The pavilion, which is largely open on all sides, is clad with glass partitions and balustrades partly serving as a windbreak. The highly alloyed structural stainless steel columns (duplex) have undergone repeated blasting with corundum chips and glass beads. The aluminum soffits have Duraflon coating.

The Project
Scope of Work

Design & engineering, manufacturing and installation of 656 sqm (7,060 sq ft) of glass façades and roof, sliding doors.

Technical Details

OWNER: President and Fellows of Harvard College, Cambridge, MA

PAVILION ARCHITECT: James Carpenter Design Associates (JCDA) 

COLLABORATING ARTIST: Architecture Operations D.P.C., Brooklyn, NY (REID architecture PLLC, Brooklyn, NY)

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: Reed Hilderbrand LCC, Cambridge, MA

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: schlaich bergermann partner, New York, NY

CONSTRUCTION MANAGER: Consilgi Construction Co. Inc., Boston, MA

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