2 Harbor Life Sciences Center

Client Beacon Capital Partners
Location Boston, MA
Project Type Commercial, Life Sciences
Status Completed in 2024

The 2 Harbor Life Sciences Center creates a new workplace destination in the South Boston waterfront.

Situated on 4-acres in the South Boston waterfront, 2 Harbor features 500,000 sq. ft. of commercial core and shell life sciences space with associated amenities, parking and a signature open space.

Designed for maximum flexibility, labs and offices can be placed anywhere in the building. A centralized core with perimeter air distribution minimizes conflicts and maximizes ceiling heights. The design embraces the existing light-industrial uses and the character of the surrounding neighborhood, while providing distinctive open spaces, amenities, and experiences to attract employers, employees, and the surrounding community.

The façade design reflects the character of the marine industrial surrounding buildings, with corrugated metal paneling and torqued copper-color horizontal and vertical metal bands, while also providing large triple-glazed windows to allow for natural daylight and a quiet working environment.

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2 Harbor holds the corner of Northern Avenue and Channel Street.

The broad face of the building faces onto Gateway Plaza, a proposed greenspace that will extend a series of open spaces stretching across the South Boston Waterfront from Seaport Square to the project site.

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Handel Architects also designed the neighboring 4 Harbor Life Sciences Center.

4 Harbor's metal framing in a worn copper hue provides a soft contrast to 2 Harbor’s bold frame and surfaces.


Design Architect Architect of Record

Project Team

Blake Middleton, Seth Riseman, David Woshinsky, Soyae Baek, Harry Solie, Matthew McCarty, Behzad Gharehjanloo, Emerson Campbell, Jamie Li, Jinwoo Kim, Kevin Chong, Shaun Shih, Sejal Bahety, Valentina Sastoque, Drew Seyl, Shichong Xie

Design Partner(s)

Collaborating Architect - STUDIO ENÉE Collaborating Architect - TRIA


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