District Hall

Boston
Photo © Gustav Hoiland / Flagship Photo
Photo © Gustav Hoiland / Flagship Photo
Photo © Gustav Hoiland / Flagship Photo
Photo © Gustav Hoiland / Flagship Photo
Photo © Bruce T. Martin
Photo © Bruce T. Martin
Photo © Eric Luciano
Photo © Eric Luciano
Photo © Gustav Hoiland / Flagship Photo
Architects
Hacin + Associates
Location
02210, Boston
Year
2013
Cost
Undisclosed
Stories
1-5 Stories

District Hall, Boston’s public innovation center, is the first building completed at Seaport Square, Boston Global Investors’ 23-acre waterfront development. Located in the heart of Seaport Square, it is also the first freestanding city-sponsored innovation center of its kind in the country, serving as an anchor for the emerging Innovation District. Surrounded by over 6 million square feet of new and future development, this 12,000 square foot facility provides a place for promising companies and executives to meet, exchange ideas and host business and social events. The building includes an H+A designed restaurant and café [Gather and Brew], a flexible assembly space with a capacity of 250 seats, a gathering space with lounge seating and worktables, and a series of flex spaces or pods, to support a variety of uses including meetings, classes, and exhibitions.

The building is the result of a partnership between the City of Boston, Boston Global Investors, and the Cambridge Innovation Center, the organization that operates the facility. Built on the site of the former waterfront rail yards, District Hall’s architecture is inspired by the area’s industrial past. The building defines one edge of an adjacent park that was designed in collaboration with Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architects.

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