Project name: Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Vanserg Hall
Project location: Cambridge
Firm name: Kennedy & Violich Architecture
Jury comments: Skylights and materiality make this 1950s bunker airy and open. Innovative panel design addresses acoustic needs while riffing on the shape of the speech bubble—a playful note for this academic department focused on language. Restraint, with a design-concept deep dive, makes Vanserg Hall a balanced, beautiful space.
Client: Harvard University
Consultants: Gilbane; BuroHappold; Leavitt Associates