Announcements October 24, 2019

The Exchange Named a Finalist for Harleston Parker Medal by Boston Society of Architects/AIA

The award recognizes the most beautiful piece of architecture in Metro Boston

The Boston Society of Architects/AIA has named The Exchange as a finalist for its Harleston Parker Medal, the organization’s most prestigious honor. Established in 1921 in memory of Boston architect J. Harleston Parker, the award represents “the most beautiful piece of architecture, building, monument or structure within the City or Metropolitan Parks District limits.”

The Living Room of the Financial District

The Exchange at 100 Federal Street is a grand civic gesture at a crucial nexus of the Financial District–Post Office Square. It is a glass-sheathed counterpoint both to the adjacent park and the looming cantilever of 100 Federal Street. Its geometry, coloration, and glazing purposefully contrast with the larger office building. A formerly windswept plaza is now a day-lit public pavilion that draws professionals and visitors from the neighborhood and beyond. It beckons passersby to enter, collaborate, share great sports or news moments on the large video screen, or become immersed in and part of the vibrant urban scene. Open only a matter of months, it quickly became known as the “Living Room of the Financial District.”

“What a pleasure it was for our team to lead the design of the Exchange,” said Robert Brown, principal and managing director of our Boston studio. “We could not be more thrilled that this dazzling project is in the running for the prestigious Harleston Parker Medal.”

A variety of indoor and outdoor environments animate a once-barren plaza.