American architect designs accommodation for 215 students at the famous Massachusetts university

This graduate hall of residence has just opened at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Designed by local architect Kyu Sung Woo, it houses 215 students and includes common and study rooms, a fitness suite and an underground car park.

The six-storey building is formed from two rectangular blocks arranged in an L-shape. It is strongly rectilinear in style with projecting bay windows that are subdivided into smaller rectangular elements.

The rectangular theme is given added emphasis as one half of the L cantilevers over a much smaller base. The idea is this helps the building fit into its context as it recalls the scale and massing of Harvard's riverside houses.

The new block is built from brick and timber, which blends in with the existing buildings around.