Boston City Hall Redux

Project Description

A City Hall is the smallest form of government representation, where architecture will inevitably define a community’s sense of the political machine. Boston City Hall Redux starts with a pinched scale, sensitivity to interior spaces, and human-scaled urban thresholds. Mayoral duties are increasingly nomadic-- adrift in the city, within school gymnasiums, or at local businesses. Meeting rooms thus become a crucial programmatic hinge. For the reprised Boston City Hall, they become specific and unique pavilions, defined as both interiors and within the landscape. Since the mayor deploys his work to the more private rooms of constituents’ businesses and homes, the city hall should reflect and focus on the scale of the room. 

The ground level of linear, semi-public spaces serves to unite disparate City Hall departments as a network between the municipal and administrative teams, as well as the interface for visitors. The project imagines groups of visitors walking the line bridges and linkages and stopping at small public squares. Visitors are given the opportunity to survey both through and into the offices of their representatives. Space is pushed to the limits of smallness and evokes Boston’s Georgian laneways. The scale makes the encounter between the government and its constituents more informal. City Hall becomes a permeable urban threshold.