Boston, MA | 2005
[honorable mention, international competition]
It is the reciprocal edge between water and land that makes an island an extraordinary natural resource and public amenity. As an urban gateway to the Boston Harbor Islands, the structural roof-form or this design becomes a literal/metaphorical reference to this junction of water and land. Where the ‘actual’ site above the Central Artery prohibits excavation, the curvilinear roof-form is reflected onto a polished terrazzo map of the harbor islands implying the shoreline topography. This roof also collects runoff for reuse in the building and landscape while its downspouts become part of a demonstration water/land garden.
Structural concept: like a flat sheet, a flat slab of concrete will deflect and fail (left). Folding this sheet greatly increases its strength.
The section of the building transforms from folded to flat – open public space containing ticketing and exhibition areas to private interior space containing restrooms and wash areas.
A singular shape performs in multiple ways.
In the evening, the pavilion becomes part of the linear eventscape illuminating the new greenway.
Jinhee Park AIA
John Hong AIA, Sadmir Ovcina, Frederick Peter Ortner, Erik Carlson, Hyeyoung Kim
Jaeseoung Lee, Weidlinger Associates Inc.
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