developed by the city and Boston Global
Investors, a real estate development and
consulting firm headquartered in Boston.
District Hall is the smallest building in a swath of land between the Moak-ley Courthouse and the Institute of Contemporary Art, yet it is the core of what will
soon be a group of medium-height skyscrapers. Its unusual program is to be the poster
child of the transformation of South Boston’s waterfront into former Mayor Thomas
M. Menino’s vision of an “Innovation District.” That’s a tall order for a $6 million,
12,000-square-foot public building that sits
at the heart of Seaport Square, which will
eventually have 6. 3 million square feet of
office, retail, and residential space.
Calling Boston “a cauldron of talent
and skills — set in a political environment
open to new ideas,” Hacin is undaunted.
The architect, whose firm, Hacin + Associates, is in Boston’s South End, wonders
how many other cities would underwrite
a building loosely defined as “a design
exchange, a farmers’ market of technology,” a place where people looking to swap
architect david hacin walks the pathway that
joins District Hall’s two halves. A constantly
changing array of neon chasing lights adds to the
festive atmosphere, and contrasting floor textures
— the shiny part reflecting the light show — give
the space the quality of a busy urban street.
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