Olympic Sculpture Park

Team

Architect

Weiss/Manfredi; Charles Anderson Landscape Architecture

Contractor

Sellen Construction Company

Stats

PROJECT TYPE

Park/Public Space

COMPLETION

2007

PROJECT SIZE

8.5 acres

MKA ROLE

Structural & Civil Engineer

Seattle, WA

Olympic Sculpture Park

Designed as a continuous plane crossing over existing railroad tracks and roadway infrastructure, this elevated outdoor park for the Seattle Art Museum connects the urban core to a revitalized waterfront and public beach. The park, combining landscape, art, and architecture, transformed two brownfield sites and a parking lot into the landmark space seen today. It incorporates a Z-shaped pedestrian route traversing a 40-ft drop from the city to the water; a one-story, 7,000-ft² transparent pavilion building at the site’s high point with below-grade parking; and two pedestrian bridges. The park’s centerpiece—the 2,200-ft-long Z-shaped walkway surrounded by public art—connects the main pavilion upland to the waterfront while remaining accessible to all visitors thanks to a gentle, five-degree slope.  Instead of traditional concrete retaining walls, MKA’s design incorporates cost-effective Mechanically Stabilized Earth retaining walls to shape the park’s significant soil quantities naturally.
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Awards

#3 - 10 Best Architectural Marvels - TIME magazine

Architecture Honor Award - 2007 Design Awards - American Institute of Architects - New York Chapter

Best Electrical Project - Best of 2006 Awards - Northwest Construction magazine

Best Restored Beach Award - American Shore & Beach Preservation Association

Citation - 51st Annual Progressive Architecture Awards - Architectural Record

Gold Award, Environmental - Engineering Excellence Awards - American Council of Engineering Companies - Washington Chapter

Grand Conceptor Award - American Council of Engineering Companies

Honor Award - Honor Awards for Washington Architecture - American Institute of Architects - Seattle Chapter

Honor Award, Arch. - Institute Honor Awards for Arch., Interior Arch., and Regional and Urban Design - American Institute of Architects

Honor Award, General Design - 2007 Professional Awards - American Society of Landscape Architects - Washington Chapter

Recipient, New Directions for Livable Communities Award - 12th Annual Conservation Awards - Cascade Land Conservancy

Winner (Nature) - World Architecture Festival Awards 2008 - World Architecture Festival

Winner, 2005 Commendation for Design Excellence - Design Excellence Awards - Seattle Design Commission

Winner, Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design (Ninth Annual) - Harvard University Graduate School of Design

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