Boston Convention and Exhibition Center Food Court

Retail & Hospitality
LOCATION: Boston, Massachusetts
COMPLETED: 2004
SIZE: unavailable
OWNERS: Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
ARCHITECT: Rafael Viñoly Architects PC with HNTB Architecture
AWARDS: 2005 IES Illumination Award of Merit
PHOTOGRAPHER: © Lam Partners

DESIGN TEAM:Paul Zaferiou
 Glenn Heinmiller

The design of the Food Court at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center creates an inviting and energetic environment without clichéd food court imagery that would have been inconsistent with the building style.

In support of this approach, the lighting design features decorative but minimalist pendant silver bullets with dimmable compact fluorescent lamps that provide an engaging sparkle and a glow on the ceiling panels.

Incandescent halogen downlights throughout the space supply the highest possible level of color rendition (an important factor in food service presentation), and impart a warm glow for an evening café feel.

Adjustable square incandescent halogen accents, integrated into the perimeter wood slat ceiling, light the wood walls and signage.

A concealed linear fluorescent slot highlights the graphic band above the servery.

All of the lighting is dimmable under the control of a preset dimming system, such that more subdued looks can be selected for evening cocktail receptions and parties.