The Joint Center for Housing Studies is a progressive office focused on analyzing the US housing market in terms of economics, low to moderate income strategies, banking strategies, public policy strategies, and more. They are an essential link between the Harvard School of Design the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. They have been in continual operation since 1959 and have former advisors such as John T. Dunlop, Senator Danial Patrick Moynihan, and others.
JCHS is located at One Bow Street, a site chosen for its geographical location almost directly between the Kennedy School of Government and the Graduate School of Design. The design brings natural light deep into the floor plate via use of generous external and internal windows, or borrowed lights. The entry sequence starts with end grain wood flooring carrying a visitor to the glass walls of the office. Here, the space visually unfolds, as simple introduction to main entry. One’s gaze is immediately filed with colors, textures, and images of housing. The program of the place becomes clear, one is invited deeper in to find open and semi-private offices holding their position in space. Each is but a perimeter of space, blending from one side to another. A conference room gathers students, and communicates a point of negotiation between policy and design. One always impacts the other, and JCHS is built as the arbiter of both. It is a place for research, conversation, and dialectics.
LED lighting, recycled carpet content, daylight and views, as well as many other features define the LEED principles which guided the process of design.
Material Used :
1. Assa Abloy – Wood Doors, Levers & Knobs
2. Blum - Hinges
3. Draper Inc. – Blinds & Shades
4. Elkay - Undermount
5. GE - Diswashers
6. Johnsonite - Wall
7. Mohawk Group – Floor Tile
8. Performa – Acoustic Ceilings
9. Phillips Daybrite – Surface Mounted Lights
10. Simplex - Alarms