Boston Harbor Park Pavilion
This proposal for a Pavilion marking the gateway to the Boston Harbor Islands National Park, prepared in collaboration with Studio Luz Architects, sought to create fresh relationships between the City, the Greenway, and by analogy, the Boston Harbor Islands. As a focal point on the Greenway, the structure’s chief purpose was to be a way-finding device and visual marker, but also serve as a transit hub, collecting, informing and redistributing people throughout the parks. To create such a place, we proposed a lightweight, sustainable roof canopy system, seated upon a gently sloped landform that rises up out of the plaza paving. The State Street side of the pavilion features a seatwall-enclosed plant bed, designed with vegetation that one would see on many of the harbor islands: a simple palette of native meadow grasses that would be highly sustainable and extremely low maintenance. The movement of the long blades of grass would also add kinetic interest in all seasons as well as simulate the movement of the water and people, appropriate for a site in a major circulation corridor. It also sets the pavilion apart from its immediate context while maintaining consistency with the planting palette found throughout the Greenway.