From an initial field of 30 companies, the City of Seattle announced on September 21 that the award-winning firm of james corner field operations will serve as the lead designer over 20 acres of public lands for Seattle’s new Central Waterfront. Whittled down to a field of four, they made their pitches for the project at Benaroya Hall on September 15. We were in a crowd of nearly 1,300 and watched founder James Corner lead the presentation for his group.
Although the firm is based in New York, Corner is a native of Manchester, England. He made comparisons of the work heritage of the Seattle piers to those in Manchester, making an immediate connection that he understood the heart of both. They also presented a video clip where they interviewed people at the piers, asking them for their vision of what they’d like to have done at the waterfront. It was an interesting bit because it was hard to hear the responses with the viaduct traffic noise in the background, but perhaps it also served to reinforce another reason why the structure needs to come down. A compelling visual presentation drawing the audience’s imagination towards the possibilities of what the marriage of a working waterfront with an urban space, or as he referred to it, “Seattle’s Front Porch” completed their time on stage, and they ended to a hearty round of applause.
Founded by James Corner in 1998, james corner field operations is a leading-edge landscape architecture/urban design practice known for strong contemporary design across many project lines. Its signature project to date is the High Line in New York City. Formerly an old elevated railroad track on Manhattan’s West Site, it was transformed into 1 ½ miles of grass, trees, benches and pathways. The project won the firm the 2010 National Design Award for landscape design and the American Society of Landscape Architects 2010 Honor Award.
The firm will work with the Central Waterfront Partnerships Committee and there will be plenty of interaction involving public outreach and meetings. Design work begins in October, with a conceptual plan to be finished in 2012. A final design will be decided by 2015, with construction scheduled from 2016 to 2018. Four of their eleven design team partners are based in Seattle and they are: Mithun, The Berger Partnership, Herrera, and Jason Toft. We’ll stay in touch as the project develops.
Seattle civic involvement was alive and well on Wednesday evening, September 15th when an audience of 1,200+ filled the main floor of Benaroya Hall’s S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium and overflowed into the Founders tier level. All were gathered to listen to the presentations of the final four candidates in the running for Lead Designer of Seattle’s Central Waterfront . Their goal was to present, in 20 minutes, their vision of transforming what will be 20 acres of public lands into “a waterfront for the ages—a place for all to come together and enjoy the waterfront now and beyond” as expressed by moderator Daniel Friedman, Dean of the University of Washington’s College of Architecture and Urban Planning.
We have supplied weblinks for each company, and here’s what they had to say, in speaking order:
Wallace Roberts & Todd – Ignacio Bunster-Ossa, Principal, led the presentation. WRT created a new waterfront, revitalizing seven miles of the Delaware River, in its hometown of Philadelphia . Their goal is to bring water into the city, bring the city to the water, and create a heart of the city reflecting the vibrancy of Seattle. They bring a concept of “What has been, What is, What if, and What will be” to the project and visualize the Waterfront as “an open book written over time”.
james corner field operations – James Corner led the presentation. Most renowned for designing High Line, an urban park set on top of an old railroad structure in New York. A number of Seattle consultants are involved. They refer to the Waterfront as Seattle’s front porch, and their well-done visual presentation outlined their goals for Green Urbanism, Early Wins (start changing the Waterfront NOW), and Public Engagement.
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates –Michael Van Valkenburgh led the presentation. Designed Brooklyn Bridge Park, which will cover 85 acres and 1.3 miles of waterfront. On their team is architect and former Seattle councilman Peter Steinbrueck. Their goal is to integrate concepts of “Civic, Boundless, Natural and Urban”. They presented their historical research on the Waterfront and were the only ones to really hone in on fiscal feasibility… they ensure the plan we’ll have is a plan we can maintain.
Gustafson Guthrie Nichol –Shannon Nichol led the presentation. Designed Lurie Garden in Chicago’s Millennium Park, but they were the only ones with a global project map, and the only ones who ran through an extensive array of past projects. Their concept is: “The City on the water, with a Bay as its central point and an entire Downtown as its Waterfront”. They were the only ones to mention the earthquake factor. As the sole finalist headquartered in Seattle, they received a very warm reception.
A decision is expected shortly and we’ll bring it to you when it’s made. If you’d like to follow the news and the current chatter on the project, link onto
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To watch the presentations for yourself, below is a Powerpoint link to them, plus a link to raw video footage from the Seattle Channel.
PowerPoint Presentations: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/waterfront_design.htm
Video Footage: http://www.seattlechannel.org/videos/video.asp?ID=5011031
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Downtown/Belltown 1 Bed 1 Bath @ The Cristalla
Square Feet: 820
The ultimate urban lifestyle. Modern luxuries & conveniences at your fingertips. Spacious, open 1 bedroom + den features stunning city views, warm bamboo floors, gorgeous wood cabinetry & built-ins, slab, stainless, sleek fixtures & hardware. Private balcony stretches across living room & bedroom. 2-sided gas fireplace, generous spa-style tiled bath with slab counters. Amenities galore: incredible roof deck with fire pit & BBQ, 24-hour concierge, gym, spa/sauna/steam, theater, party room, dog park, car wash, & more. Belltown is at your doorstep! Fine dining and nightlife, shopping, the waterfront – you can’t beat the location. Check out the Photo Gallery for additional details!
2033 2nd Ave. #807
Seattle, WA 98121
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Waterfront 1 Bedroom 1 Bath @ Waterfront Landing
Square Feet: 624
A perfect pied-a-terre ground floor home faces the courtyard & has much to offer in regards to style, location and convenience. Great open floor plan features eat-in kitchen with breakfast bar, 9′ ceilings, spa-like bath with Jacuzzi tub, deeded storage & large patio. Take advantage of Pike Place Market, the Aquarium and SAM Sculpture Park all just blocks away. The building amenities include workout room, spa, meeting/party room, biz center, guest suite, rooftop BBQ, on-site management & security.
1900 Alaskan Way #110
Seattle, WA 98101
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Belltown 1 Bedroom 1 Bath @ Belltown Court
Square Feet: 594
Welcome to Belltown Court! Located in the heart of Belltown. Recently updated exterior, new energy efficient windows, new decks, new roof on this building, all paid for and park like Courtyard! Indoor pool, sauna, HUGE gym, 2 roof top decks with BBQ’s, rec-room with a full kitchen and big screen TV! This place really has it all! Walking distance to downtown entertainment,shopping, & more. This comfortable unit has a city view. Building has a secure entrance and onsite security. Parking included.
2415 2nd Ave. #538
Seattle, WA 98121
November 14, 2007 by James
Filed under Alaskan, Business Center, Club House, Concierge, Courtyard, Exercise Room, Game/Rec Room, Guest Suite(s), Hot Tub, Intracorp Companies LLC, Lumiere, Minato, Myrtle Edwards Park, Olympic Sculpture Park, Pike Place Market, Seattle Aquarium, Terrace, Trails, Viaggo, Waterfront/Piers, WFL
Address: 2000 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121
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There’s no other residential development closer to the waterfront than Waterfront Landings located across the street from the Seattle Aquarium on Alaskan Way. These spacious studios, 1-bedrooms and 2-bedrooms were presented by Intracorp in 3 phases for 3 separate buildings named Viaggo (phase 1), Lumiere (phase 2) and Minato (phase 3). This one of a kind waterfront location offers views of the sound, Olympic Mountains and serene sunsets. Homeowners benefit from discounts at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel and shopping for fresh produce and meats with an elevator ride to Pike Place Market.
- Year Built: 1999 (completion of all 3 phases)
- Number of Units: 234
- Number of Stories: 5
- Exterior: Cement/Concrete, Stucco, Wood
- Parking: Common Garage
- Pets: Subj to Restrictions
- H/O Dues Included: Earthquake Ins., Garbage, Water/Sewer
- Common Property Features & Amenities: Business Center, Cable TV, Club House, Concierge, Disabled Access, Elevator, Exercise Room, Fire Sprinklers, Game/Rec Room, Hot Tub, Lobby Entrance, Outside Entry, Security Gate, Trails
- Anthony’s Pier 66
- Bell St Deli
- Cost Plus Imports
- Cutters Bayhouse
- Diamond Parking
- Edgewater Hotel
- Fish Club
- Marriott Waterfront Hotel
- Mars Hill Graduate School
- Odyssey Maritime
- Pike & Western Wine Shop
- Seattle Aquarium
- Trolley Cafe
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*Data is deemed to be reliable, but not guaranteed. In some cases, number of units may include commercial and residential spaces and/or height may or may not include a 13th floor.