The Engineering Sciences Lab (ESL) located at 58 Oxford Street was designed by internationally-known architect Minoru Yamasaki (famous for his design of the World Trade Center in New York City) specifically as a high temperature gas lab.
ESL was flexible for the purposes of experimentation on gases—“the walls and ceilings are lined with channels of space, approximately two feet by three feet, through which piping of all sorts can be easily run” (Harvard Crimson)—and the precast concrete system was important in the design.
The building was recently renovated to provide facilities for laboratory-intensive bioengineering work and graduate student kitchens and lounges. On the northern end of the SEAS campus, the four-story building has its own entrance off Oxford Street.
- Built: 1964
- Architect: Minoru Yamasaki
- Program: Laboratories, Graduate Student Space
- Areas/Offices: Bioengineering; Environmental Science and Engineering; Microbiology; Wyss Institute
- Gross SF: 38,760 GSF