With the Mayor’s Proposal to move City Hall to the waterfront we propose to bring the waterfront to City Hall. The plaza may be remade as an active water edge, filling the current plaza with a shallow pool of water and a complimentary mix of piers and riverbank plantings to reactivate the plaza’s edges.
We propose new collaboration between private interests and government to activate the under-used spaces of the existing City Hall. Improvements to the public spaces include a new enclosed link from the Government Center T-Station to the existing building, new winter garden, and open shops along the Congress Street embankment. A new Hotel would occupy the roof, creating a new enclosed courtyard and public areas inside the building. The water may be used for active recreational activities: wading pool / splash park in the summer and ice skating in the winter. By simply draining the water, the depressed center of the plaza becomes accessible, once again accommodating large crowds for rallies, concerts, and civic events.