Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion
Through the efforts of a public/private partnership, the City of
Seattle has redeveloped the southern half of the International Fountain
Plaza located in the heart of Seattle Center, the site of the 1962
World's Fair and the home to the City's most recognizable icon -
The Space Needle. The Seattle Center's 2000 Master Plan identified
the importance of enriching the open space surrounding the International
Fountain, the centerpiece of a two-city block Green in the heart
of the Center.
The previous Flag Pavilion and Plaza, which this project replaced,
sat as an isolated object along the southern edge of this Green
and blocked the view from the nearby Charlotte Martin Children's
Theater to the Fountain. Opening up this view, along with the desire
to not only replace but also to add square footage for Seattle Center
events, led to a "subterranean" design solution in which
the building is essentially pushed down into the ground and a new
rooftop belvedere/plaza is created on top. The northern facade of
the new Pavilion is glazed, and opens up onto the new Green with
a series of roll-up garage doors, while the rooftop plaza above
serves as a new vantage point looking out to the Fountain and Green.
The Green itself was re-graded into a nearly two-acre bowl to accommodate
the frequent large-scale festival gatherings hosted by the Center.
The new pavilion is over 14,000 S.F. of flat floor exhibition space
with nearly twenty feet clear height intended for a wide variety
of festivals, conferences, exhibitions and catered events. The unit
pavers covering the 19,000 S.F. Rooftop Plaza, which is accessible
on grade from the adjacent street, are designed in a pixilated matrix
pattern to simulate an image of water droplets in a pond when viewed
from the Space Needle above. Two concrete pylons with
glazed canopies designed to accommodate elevators and mechanical
equipment mark the entries into and onto the building.