Lewis International Law Center, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA

We are currently redesigning the Lewis International Law Center at the Harvard Law School to create a 21st century learning and work environment for students, faculty, and staff, as well as research affiliates and law clinic clients.

The project adds to and transforms a 1959 modernist building originally designed by Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott with a new entrance, increased teaching and office space, a new circulation system, and high-performance facade. Metal and glass additions complement the original limestone, metal, and glass building and create a subtle dialog between old and new. A new floor is added to the top of the building and formerly opaque walls are opened up with glass to bring natural light into the core of the building.

Inside, library stacks are removed to create interlocking spaces that foster collaboration, learning, and co-working. Flexible conference and meeting rooms and collaborative areas encourage interdisciplinary work. At the same time, discreet areas are separated for focused work, including study carrels, private offices, and client consultation rooms. The project also houses a cutting-edge research center on law and cyberspace for the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.

Expected completion date – 2021

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Key People
Deborah Berke
Ameet Hiremath, Project Lead
Brendan Lee, Project Manager
Elizabeth Chadkin, Project Manager – Interior Design

Collaborating Firms
Deborah Berke Partners – Architect, Interior Designer
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger – Structural Engineer, Envelope Consultant
Altieri Sebor Wieber – MEP/FP Engineer
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates – Landscape Architect
Nitsch Engineering – Civil Engineer
Haley & Aldrich – Geotechnical Consultant
Atelier Ten – Sustainability Consultant
One Lux – Lighting Designer
Cerami – Information Technology, Audio Visual and Security Consultant
R.W. Sullivan – Code Consultant
AFreeman – Signage Designer