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District Hall, located in South Boston’s Seaport Square, is a freestanding, city-sponsored innovation center, the first of its kind in the country. The single-story pavilion was also the first building completed in Seaport Square. Conceived as a fostering environment for innovators and entrepreneurs to exchange ideas and host events, the space has grown to become a multi-purpose community center where students study, runners hydrate, and working professionals socialize. Built on the site of the former waterfront rail yards, the building’s architecture is inspired in material and form by the industrial uses that characterize the area. The building includes a restaurant and café [Gather and Brew], an assembly space, a gathering space with seating and worktables, and a series of flex spaces. Outside, the adjacent park was designed in collaboration with Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architects.

  • Client
  • Boston Global Investors in partnership with the City of Boston
  • Collaborators
  • John Moriarty & AssociatesReed Hilderbrand Landscape ArchitectureCafco Construction ManagementVanderweil EngineersMcNamara Salvia Structural EngineersNitsch EngineeringHaley & AldrichKalin AssociatesJacobs EngineeringAcentech
  • Photography
  • Eric LucianoGustav HoilandBruce T. Martin
  • Awards & Press
  • THE BOSTON GLOBE “DEBATING DISTRICT HALL’S FUTURE”FAST COMPANY “CAN YOU DESIGN INNOVATION?”IMPROPER BOSTONIAN “KICK THE CUBE TO THE CURB”ARCHITECTURAL RECORD “GOOD DESIGN IS GOOD BUSINESS”ARCHITECT’S NEWSPAPER “HIGH TECH HISTORY BY HACIN + ASSOCIATES”ARCHDAILY “DISTRICT HALL, BOSTON’S PUBLIC INNOVATION CENTER”ARCHITECT MAGAZINE “2014 ANNUAL DESIGN REVIEW” | HONORABLE MENTIONTHE BOSTON GLOBE “INNOVATION DISTRICT NEEDS A HUMAN TOUCH”ARCHITECTURAL RECORD “INDEMAND CITIES: BOSTON”ID BOSTON MAGAZINE “SPOTLIGHT ON HACIN + ASSOCIATES”FAST COMPANY “A BEAUTIFUL NEW BUILDING MEANT TO SPARK INNOVATION”PHANTOM GOURMET “GATHER ON BOSTON’S WATERFRONT”METROPOLIS “GATHERING PLACE”DESIGN NEW ENGLAND “THE HUB OF THE HUB”THE ARCHITECT’S NEWSPAPER “HALL OF TECH”BOSTINNO.COM “THE DEBUT OF DISTRICT HALL, THE ‘CLUBHOUSE FOR THE INNOVATION COMMUNITY'”BOSTON COMMON MAGAZINE “THE MEN WHO HELPED BUILD BOSTON”THE BOSTON GLOBE “MENINO SAVORS PREVIEW OF INNOVATION DISTRICT HUB”BOSTON.COM “CHECKING IN ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE BOSTON INNOVATION CENTER”THE BOSTON GLOBE “SEAPORT ADDING INNOVATION CENTER”