Seattle Office of Arts and Culture / Schacht Aslani Architects

Seattle Office of Arts and Culture / Schacht Aslani Architects

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  • Clients

    Seattle Office of Arts and Culture (ARTS)
  • Structural Engineer

  • Mechanical & Plumbing Engineer and Lighting Design

  • Electrical Engineer

    Tres West Engineers
  • Sustainability

    O’Brien & Company
  • Envelope Consultant

    RDH Building Science
  • Acoustical Consultant

    A3 Acoustics
  • Specifications Consultant

    Applied Building Information
  • Cost Estimator

    Roen Associates
  • Consultants

    O’Brien & Company, Sustainability; RDH Building Science, Envelope Consultant; A3 Acoustics, Acoustical Consultant; Applied Building Information, Specifications Consultant; Roen Associates, Cost Estimator
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© Benjamin Benschneider
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Text description provided by the architects. Commissioned by the Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), this dynamic new space for arts and culture responds directly to feedback from community focus groups with an emphasis on people of color. Located on the top floor of Seattle’s historic King Street Station, the 17,500-square-foot space designed by Schacht Aslani Architects provides flexible, co-use areas for community gathering in addition to professional offices and a presentation gallery.

© Benjamin Benschneider
© Benjamin Benschneider

Beginning in 2016, ARTS worked with Olson Kundig to create concept designs for the new space. The initial concept for this adaptive space centered on dynamic areas to serve community needs, creating a welcoming and vibrant community arts and cultural hub in the heart of Seattle. The final design met rigorous sustainability requirements – it is the first City of Seattle funded project to be designed to LEED® v4 Gold certification.

© Benjamin Benschneider
© Benjamin Benschneider

A public lobby, the “Living Room,” connects the large multi-disciplinary presentation gallery with the offices and a studio for artists-in-residence. In the 7,800-square-foot presentation space, kinetic gallery walls designed by Olson Kundig enable the community and artists to reconfigure the displays as needed for changing exhibitions and events. Suspended from a custom-designed elevated track inspired by the railroad tracks that serve the station below, a set of eight movable walls with integrated lighting support a wide range of displays and spatial configurations. The result is a flexible space that can easily transform to meet the evolving needs of ARTS and the community.

© Benjamin Benschneider
© Benjamin Benschneider
Floor plans
Floor plans
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© Benjamin Benschneider

The unadorned historic structure and kinetic gallery walls that characterize the presentation gallery allow the communities that will use it to project their own identities in the space. Throughout, new architectural interventions emphasize transparency, highlighting and revealing historic elements of the original building such as the historic masonry and steel structural system, ornamental stairway, and original terrazzo floor. When contrasted with the restored train station, the unfinished character of the ARTS space tells the story of King Street Station’s evolution from an early twentieth-century train station to a contemporary transit and cultural hub for the City of Seattle.

© Benjamin Benschneider
© Benjamin Benschneider

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Address: King Street Station, 303 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104, United States

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Cite: "Seattle Office of Arts and Culture / Schacht Aslani Architects" 17 Jul 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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