Seattle Jelly Bean

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Because of its previous use, the site creates a discontinuity in scale from the surrounding blocks. In order to scale it down to a more human scale, similar to the general grid of Seattle, we introduced a new pattern onto the site. The logic of the pattern connects different access points from around the site. The pattern for pedestrian passage is not only down-scaling the site, but also improving accessibility to the site.

As an outcome of the new patterning, new courtyards are designed as inversion of passage pattern; courts become voids while passage remain as solid. Each solid and void creates its own topography, and thus the topography of the solid provides different experiences for pedestrians and joggers, while topography of the voids provide different types of functions and landscape fields.

To extend the logic of the surrounding fabric, not only multiple access points are introduced, but a dialect of South Fountain Lawn and International Fountain are repeated and manipulated in the proposed park. This is a way for the park to absorb the existing features and strengthen them.

Lastly, the Jelly Bean is proposed as a new way of creating a dialog between the park and the city, park visitors, public at the Center Core, and communities in distance. It is a device that can control micro level climate, and thus, depends on the weather or public demand. It can create fog, cloud, rain and sunshine effects. Also, the bean will function as reflecting object during the day, reflecting other parts of the city from the park, while it can be used as a projection screen at night for new urban activities.


The Jelly Bean is a new type of interactive mean in the park not only for the visitors to the park but also to general public in the city. It is a metaphor of our old days when a large balloon was a mean of communication. It showed where the circus is held, it put advertisement on it, and it sometimes was a barometer of the climate. Borrowing the idea of the old balloon, the Jelly Bean provides various interactive means to the park; by creating reflections, by providing screen for show, by moisturizing the air and by dropping water like rain. And it will catalyze various atmospheres and interactions in the field.


Today, landscape is not only about a field of leisure, but it should also be a field that can be a part of ecology system within the region as well as a field that can enhance the sound ecological cycle of the city. By providing various ways of enhancing the ecology through storm water management, wind generated electricity, water purification system, and waste water recycle, the park will become the core of sustainable system of the city as well as an educational field for younger generation by showing how the ecological chain can sustain soundly.


The park in a city is not just only for the users but also for the people who just pass by. Thus, the park should blur its boundary between the city fabric and itself. To blur the boundary, we provided multiple access points and various routes in the park so that anybody can access into the park easily even without any purpose. Therefore, unexpected cultural interactions can happen in the park together with certain events that are planned. And through the dissolved boundary, the park is no longer an island that does not interact with city fabric, but a field that reinvigorate urban activities in the city.


Public space is not defined as one scale of space. Depends on type of use and users, public space should provide various scales of space so that each space can incorporate different social connections and events. There are four different scale of spaces in total in the park; S, M, L, XL. Small courts are provided to accommodate resting space, while Medium courts are mainly for various types of leisure. Large courts contain different type of landscape field that are incorporated with water management systems and wind turbines. Lastly, Extra-Large court, where the Jelly Bean is introduced, is for multi-purpose field so that various types of events and interactions can happen in a relation to the bean.


Designing a park should not be just providing interesting field in a designated area. It should also be an investigation and manifesto about how public activities can be part of sustainable design and city. And it is not a physical morhpology of the design but the concept of urban interactions in the park that will impact communities and influence the way of living. Therefore, various courts and the Jelly Bean that are introduced in the park are fields for urban interactions as well as institution in a way that they provide chances for public to learn about ecology cycle, to explore new public participations, and to experience various cultures.

Entrant Information
Team Name: 
Team Country: 
United States
Team Members / Design Credits: 
Rafael Luna, architect, PRAUD Dongwoo Yim, architect, PRAUD Cheng-Yang Lee, architect, Machado & Silvetti Assoc.
Licensed Professional: 
Cheng-Yang Lee, architect, Machado & Silvetti Assoc., NY State Dept. Licensing
Juried Entry
Design Statement and Analytic Concept Sketch (click to view larger): 

Good design makes a difference

American Institute of Architects

A Chapter of the American Institute of Architects