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Director of Facilities Planning and Management for the Harvard Art Museums Peter Atkinson examines the Harvard Art Museums’ new rooftop designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano (photo 1). The elegant glass and steel roof (photos 2, 3) diffuses sunlight into the building’s new central circulation corridor including various galleries and arcades, and onto the iconic Calderwood Courtyard.

Let there be light

In revamped Art Museums, architect Renzo Piano’s crystalline roof acts as a ‘glass lantern,’ brightening all below