Harleston Parker Medal Finalist
Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion
This “non-building” building is a technological and sculptural achievement, enhancing the Harbor Walk and the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. It is also intimately linked with both the natural world and the history and progress of surrounding city neighborhoods. Those connections–roof shapes reminiscent of natural and maritime forms; energy independence and water conservation structures; building and landscaping working together to imply rooms; views and material in formal nods to the North End, the Markets, and Harbor Walk–are enhanced by the design story and somewhat less immediately understood by passers-by. The roof structure includes handsome, evocative forms, though jurors wondered about the possibilities for further lightness and simplicity. This smart, engaging piece of contemporary art/architecture is open to everyone and easy to access at all times, a quality that is part of its success.
Boston Harbor Island Alliance and the National Park Service
Consultants: IDEO Boston; Reed Hilderbrand Associates; Simpson Gumpertz Heger; Allied Consulting Engineers; VHB/Vanasse Hangen Brustlin; Schirmer Engineering Corporation; Turner Special Projects