The Harvard University Bike Shelter provides a unique and sustainable solution to define one of Boston’s first CLT structures, a 100-bicycle parking station protected by a folded plate CLT roof.

Project Essentials

  • LocationAllston, MA
  • ClientThe President and Fellows of Harvard College
  • ArchitectBehnisch Architekten

Fast+Epp worked in collaboration with Behnisch Architekten, Jan Knippers Ingenieure of Stuttgart, and Blumer Lehmann to develop this folded plate CLT (cross-laminated timber) bike canopy at the new 500,000 square foot Science and Engineering Complex at Harvard University in Boston, MA.

The structure of this unique bike shelter relies on steel columns that support triangular CLT roof panels to create a folded-plate roof geometry. The primary connections rely on steel sword plates that cantilever from the top of steel columns and are attached to the CLT panels by a series of mechanical fasteners.

This covered parking station for approximately 100 bicycles provides a low-embodied carbon solution to a functional design that embraces cycling as a healthy and sustainable way of getting around.