Photo by Dean Kaufman

Solution

The Cooper Gallery

Cambridge, MA

Market: Cultural

Client

Marc Truant & Associates, Inc.

Completion

2014

Awards

2016 Excellence in Structural Engineering Award, Best Project $1 million - $5 million, Structural Engineers Association of Illinois

Photo by Dean Kaufman

Designed by David Adjaye, The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center repurposes an existing commercial space as a new gallery.  The front elevation features a series of vertical wood planks influenced by the forests in Ghana, where the designer’s family is from.  SGH was the structural engineer, developed and physically-tested a custom timber moment-resisting connection, and consulted on the building enclosure.