Re-imagining City Hall
For this collaboration with Studio Luz Architects, we were asked to prepare a re-visioning of Boston’s iconic City Hall and its plaza for a special issue of ArchitectureBoston magazine that explored ways to save the aging landmark. In response to Mayor Thomas Menino’s proposal to build a new City Hall on the South Boston waterfront, we chose to bring the water and the amenities of the waterfront to the current City Hall site through a dramatic move – by flooding the plaza. The presence of water, in addition to being an iconic landmark and aesthetic centerpiece to the plaza, may itself be used for active recreation: wading pool / splash park in the summer, and ice skating in the winter. By filling the void at the center of the plaza, it becomes possible to create a vibrant urban riparian landscape at the edges, giving an activated perimeter to the entire space, with greater possibilities for habitable recreational spaces at a more human scale.