In 2001 SAM selected New York-based WEISS / MANFREDI Architecture / Landscape / Urbanism from an international pool of 52 applicants. Their design vision expressed a dynamic integration of landscape, architecture and urban design, which they had successfully achieved in previous projects.
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Olympic Sculpture Park design accolades.
Evolution of Site
The Seattle Art Museum resolved to return the site as much as possible to a functioning ecosystem, while providing a unique setting for outdoor sculpture and public recreation. This was no small task given a century of change amidst the state’s largest urban environment. The project’s lead designers, Weiss/Manfredi, developed an innovative Z-shaped configuration connecting three parcels into a series of four distinct landscapes. This design afforded a wide range of environmental restoration processes, including brownfield redevelopment, salmon habitat restoration, native plantings and sustainable design strategies.
Olympic Sculpture Park design features
Slideshow: aerial images from conception to completion
Weiss/Manfredi Architects designed a continuous and constructed landscape for art. Their vision was to transport art outside the museum walls and bring the park into a landscape of the city. This new topography offers environmentally diverse settings for viewing art, the city of Seattle and Puget Sound.
Slideshow: transformation of the park
Their design for the park grew out of a desire to embrace the city’s energy and create collaboration between art, landscape, architecture and infrastructure. Weiss/Manfredi transformed three separate sites, creating an unfolding landform sculpted to rise over existing road and train lines.
Lead designer's vision statement