Epicenter is the new focal point for activity and energy for Seattle Center, creating an outdoor, large-scale gathering place that rivals the nearby theaters and coliseums. Rather than being simply an athletic facility or a performance facility, it is a hybrid of the two – its whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Epicenter’s innovation lies in the combination of the best of technology with the sustainability of a functioning natural system, harnessing the regenerative power of the sun, earth, and water to generate energy, filter water, and cleanse our spirits. People will marvel at the futuristic beauty of its structures and be inspired by the presence of a grand Nature.
The International Fountain will become an even stronger focal point of Seattle Center, with improved circulation, access to a larger, adjacent plaza, and a wide-open visual connection from the Commons. The Commons and Rain Catcher are by design cultural chameleons – they are adaptable to any indigenous or international identity, truly espousing equality and flexibility, while simultaneously representing Seattle’s collective aspirations and dreams. Epicenter is a vibrant nexus of cultural activity, education, imagination, and change, which will reconnect Seattle Center to the rest of the city and become a showcase of urban vitality. Epicenter will confirm Seattle’s leadership in, and reverence for, nature and urban ecology.