Harvard Art Museum / by nic lehoux

The Harvard Art Museum was renovated and expanded in 2014 by RPBW.  In photographing the project, I highlighted the sensitivity brought by Renzo Piano in the careful marriage of historic preservation and modern intervention. The building is located next to the iconic LeCorbusier Carpenter Center. There is a lot of architectural history in the surrounding block. The site was tight and challenging, and most of the photography of the exteriors focused on embracing the neighbourhood and strong architectural statements, rather than isolating the building. The new building is most powerful when seen in context and in the way it connects to the Carpenter Center.