2020 results

Boston City Hall Public Space Renovations
by Utile

Boston City Hall public space renovations
Anton Grassl Photography

Design studio Utile has renovated Boston's brutalist city hall, adding LED lights that illuminate the gridded concrete structure.

The transformation included improvements to its main plaza-level lobby, a redesign of the public transaction windows, and a re-characterisation of the entire building through a renewed lighting scheme.

The project sought to drastically transform the building's physical, ideological and emotional presence within the hearts and minds of the citizenry.

Designed by Kallmann, McKinnell and Knowles in the 1960s as an expression of open and progressive municipal government, City Hall is recognised as among the most important municipal buildings in the United States and is internationally known as an exemplar of brutalism.


This project has been longlisted in the civic and cultural interior project category of Dezeen Awards 2020.

Designer: Utile
Project: Boston City Hall Public Space Renovations

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