2024 Boston Olympic Village: Hub City

Project Description

Critic

Jennifer Leung

Hub City proposes a weaving of urban fabric and networks across several scales of local and inter-neighborhood connectivity with subway, light rail, bike, pedestrian, car, and water taxi. The architectural form proposes a combination of bar, plinth, courtyard, tower, and landscape typologies which merge and diverge at corners to create multiple datums to establish new ground conditions. Each datum becomes a layer of infrastructure that builds up to create an ‘architectural hill’ of many networks. These layers culminate with a roof park which provides a continuous surface for public leisure and becomes a piece of the larger Boston park network. The infrastructural solution exploits the opportunities provided by transit as rising sea levels reclaim much of Boston's infill land area and existing infrastructure. The courtyard rhythm oscillates and inverts, becoming interior atrium spaces for events and cultural programs as density increases towards Hub City’s cultural corridor, which connects the Boston Convention Center and several large entertainment and recreation programs along its central axis. This creates a new neighborhood which becomes a symbolic architectural hill among the cluster of Boston psychogeographic hill-neighborhoods, playing within and re-imagining the micro and macro identity conceptions of urban and geographic Boston.