Seattle Civic Square is the final piece of the Seattle Civic Center Master Plan. When finished, the one city block, with its mixed-use tower and adjoining public plaza, will offer a variety of experiences through its retail, office and residential amenities, within the tower as well as the flexible open space of the plaza, designed to accommodate a range of activities, from large events to individual enjoyment of the space.
The open space layout is planned as an "urban landscape sculpture". Its parts are integrated to create the composition of the open space and together are seen as the “big gesture”.
The backbone of the design and the Square’s central art element will be its cascading water feature, which celebrates the drama found in the surrounding landscape with 3 distinct water elements. Flowing down the sites steep topography, they represent the movement of water from the Cascade Mountains to the Puget Sound.
Stormwater from the tower rooftop and surrounding hardscape used to help supply these elements will be a part of the sustainable stormwater management system.
This project was carried out by Atelier Dreiseitl, now member of the Ramboll Group.