Photo credit: Iwan Baan
The ArtLab building was designed by architecture firm Barkow Leibinger, led by Harvard Graduate School of Design alumni Frank Barkow and Regine Leibinger. The structure was designed to be as efficient and sustainable as possible. With photovoltaic panels on the roof, the ArtLab is producing energy for its operations. The industrial aesthetic of the building reinforces the idea that the ArtLab is a facility designed for making, a production space for artists to experiment.
The ArtLab program consists of two sites for artistic experimentation and production; the ArtLab in Allston and the Annex in Cambridge. The Annex contains artist studios, classrooms, and art-making spaces and is located at 485 Broadway Street in Cambridge, MA. Designed by British architect James Stirling, the building opened in 1985. After an extensive renovation, the Sackler Building reopened in 2019 and now contains the Annex on the first floor, the Department of History of Art + Architecture, and the Graduate School of Design.