We are pleased to announce that the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, designed by Mecanoo Architecten and Sasaki, was awarded the Harleston Parker Medal by the Boston Society of Architects (BSA). This prestigious honor recognizes the most beautiful building in the metropolitan Boston area built within the past ten years. The Bolling Building’s win places it alongside the some of the city’s most beloved and historic architecture—cementing its lasting legacy in Boston.
The selection committee for the Parker Medal views a building’s beauty as inextricably linked to a project’s relationship to its urban context. Of the Bolling Building, they noted that “the building draws inspiration from its neighbors while simultaneously transforming its surroundings into a unique urban experience.”
“The entire team is deeply honored that the Bolling Building has been recognized with the Parker Medal,” said Sasaki principal Victor Vizgaitis, AIA [pictured above, left]. “The idea of architectural beauty is so much more than just how a building looks. It is about the thinking behind it, the craft that goes into making it, and the mission behind it. The very idea that we could be part of something that is having such an impact on a community, a population of children, and the City itself is something that we all take great pride in.”
The jury was comprised of ten individuals, representing a diversity of backgrounds, including architects, attorneys, journalists, historians, and clients. They met three times to deliberate and conducted site visits of the finalist projects before making a final selection.
In addition to the jury's choice, the public had an opportunity to weigh in on the People's Choice Award. This award encouraged the engagement of the public in a discussion around the relationship between beauty, excellent design, quality of design, and the overall health of our city. Nearly 6,000 votes were cast in January and February and The Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building also captured this award.
The entire Mecanoo and Sasaki-led team and the City of Boston are grateful to the design community, the BSA, and the greater public for bestowing both these great honors upon a project we are immensely proud to have built together.
Click here to read more about the BSA awards.