We envision a Seattle that’s integrated at every level. Where society finds a common place to celebrate the different activities that happen at the city center. Through public space society is able to view itself and recognize it’s own humanity in the eyes of other users. This is why the focus of our project concentrates on providing a city square to unify streets, businesses, cultural venues and the new Memorial Field.
Through pedestrian use the whole site is woven giving the area a new fabric that easily gives access to every building around it.
The ‘Milestones’, a couple of lighting totems on opposite corners of the football field, give the site a sense of place and are readily visible. On the slopes on each side of the field, granite leveled ‘benches‘ serve as seating but also have the names from the memorial wall engraved on them, turning the whole field into the Memorial itself.
The relationship between the site itself is organized through the different elements of design. Small pavilions serve as utilities reservoirs and filters between the public square and football field. Tree lines enforce public movement when going form the public square to the field. The pavement gives the site a sense of direction and differentiates flow speed.
On the corner of the site, next to 5th Avenue, an urban art installation will generate a playground where adults and children play and are dazzled.
Parking lots disappear and give way to urban space that lives through the movement of people itself.