The Innovation and Design Building

21 Drydock Avenue

The Innovation and Design Building (IDB) is a 1.4 million square foot mixed-use complex located in the Innovation District in Boston’s Seaport neighborhood. The eight-story structure was constructed in 1918 and originally served as a waterside storehouse for the South Boston Army Base. The complex is conveniently located along the MBTA Silver Line route, just minutes from South Station, and is flanked by one of the country’s largest working dry docks to the north and by the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal to the south. Today IDB’s light-filled floors are home to a diverse mix of companies and entrepreneurs, including architects and engineers, skilled makers and craftspeople, research and development firms, and technology start-ups. The complex is also home to the Boston Design Center, New England’s premier resource for design professionals, with showrooms featuring over 1,200 luxury product lines of fabric, furniture, lighting, antiques, fine art, wall and floor coverings, kitchen and bath components, and contract services.