We asked local architects and interior designers — along with readers, via Facebook — to share their votes for downtown Seattle’s most beautiful building.
We asked local architects and interior designers — along with readers, via Facebook — to share their votes for downtown Seattle’s most beautiful building. The verdict: There’s a lot of beautiful, and beautifully varied, architecture around here … and walruses are awesome.
Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N. (Minoru Yamasaki)
• KYLE GAFFNEY
“One of my favorites! Designed for community, information and education, in addition to exploring and pushing innovative approaches in materiality, detailing and constructability, all in one project.”
• AMY JANOF
“The fountain court, with its floating terraces and iconic arches, sends my imagination soaring today just as much as it did decades ago on elementary-school field trips. It’s civic architecture at its best — emotional, inspiring and poetic.”
• MIKE LA FON
“It felt like I visited this weekly with my parents. The central pavilion of the Pacific Science Center, with the arches and shallow pools, the outdoor spaces, felt so utopian to me as a child, like I was entering the future, and even now the proportions of the space and arrangement of the buildings seem to reference an attitude of stateliness, of ‘essentialness,’ that is so tied to the aspirations of the city back then. It’s not really quintessentially Seattle to my mind, but seems to aspire to some universal ideals that are simultaneously naive and unabashed that you can’t help but admire.”
• JILL RERUCHA
“Part of its beauty is that it reflects the attitude and optimism of the period. Contributing to the…