Next Fifty at Seattle Center Finalists

About The Design Competition

In the spirit of the 1962 World’s Fair, Seattle Center and AIA Seattle invited multidisciplinary design teams to compete in an international design ideas competition to re-envision a nine-acre site in the heart of Seattle Center and use it to explore innovation in public space in the coming century. Design ideas are meant to harness Seattle ’s history of innovation and civic engagement to inspire the next generation of great public spaces and connect interaction and innovation to meet the challenges of the future. The competition is sponsored by AIA Seattle, Seattle Center and Seattle Center Foundation/ The Next Fifty, and funded by the Grousemont Foundation. It honors long-term civic leader Howard S. Wright, who took a simple sketch on a napkin and created a landmark building known around the world, the icon of Seattle, the Space Needle.

The Finalists

– ABF (France) for their design, In-Closure .   The design envisions an interactive wall around a forested landscape that is both flexible and dynamic, embracing social life in the city at multiple scales.

– KoningEizenberg Architecture + ARUP ( United States ) for their design, Park . The design organizes the disparate elements of the Seattle Center site and program into a sustainable and coherent landscape. It offers a mastery of the immediate and physical and programmatic challenges facing Seattle Center .

– PRAUD ( United States ) for their design, Seattle Jelly Bean . The design is highly imaginative, and suggests a new kind of icon for the 21 st century, an atmospheric and interactive cloud that is tethered both literally and figuratively to the site below.