A New Life for the Park Space Below the Space Needle

Broad Street Green is the defining line that marks the eastern edge of Seattle Center. Its expanse of lawn provides the base of Seattle’s most visible and visited attractions: the Space Needle, the Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum, and the Pacific Science Center.  In addition to being the foreground for these icons, Broad Street is a sculpture park and a site for major regional arts and music festivals.

Our design created a sweeping, generous hardscape edge that is transformed seasonally, with 5,000 tulips that match the fiery red of Alexander Lieberman’s Olympic Iliad sculpture.

The reconfigured lawn area, actively used by the festivals at Seattle Center, is drained with channels that express the movement of water in relation to the site’s position on the ridge between Lake Union and Elliott Bay.A linear LED light integrated into the seating wall creates a stunning blue edge at night, alluding to the watercourse along the seating wall. The new building addresses Bellevue Avenue East, with stoops accessing ground-related units and stairs leading to upper level units.  A popular neighborhood cafe adds life to the street, bringing together commercial, recreational, and residential uses.

Framework’s role was Project and Design Lead

Client:
Seattle Center

Collaborators:
Nakano Associates
Candela Lighting Design

Photos by Derek Reeves, Occular Proof