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Olson Kundig will design new cultural hub at King Street Station




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 Office of Arts & Culture has engaged Olson Kundig to design new third floor cultural hub at King Street Station
The design will be unveiled at the Nov. 5 public meeting

King Street Station Public Meeting
Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
303 South Jackson St., Seattle, 98104
Entrance on Jackson
Come and enjoy a pancake breakfast, while we delve into the future of King Street Station. RSVP here


King Street Station. Seattle, Washington. ZGF Architects © Benjamin Benschneider All rights Reserved. Usage rights may be arranged by contacting Benjamin Benschneider Photography. Email: or phone 206-789-5973

King Street Station. Seattle, Washington.
© Benjamin Benschneider All rights Reserved.

SEATTLE (October 19, 2016) – The Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) has commissioned Seattle-based Olson Kundig to design the third floor of King Street Station to transform it into a flexible, welcoming and permanent cultural hub opening to the public in mid-2017. Olson Kundig’s 17,130 square foot design will be unveiled at the November 5 public meeting at King Street Station.

“This is an unprecedented opportunity to create a vibrant permanent cultural space in our rapidly growing city,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “The new space will draw on the richness of the community surrounding it – from Pioneer Square, the Chinatown-International District, and beyond. This new era for King Street Station will help us carry out our vision to ensure public spaces are accessible, equitable, and reflective of the diversity of the community it serves.”

Olson Kundig’s design of the third floor directly responds to the feedback from community focus groups convened by ARTS beginning in May 2016, which have utilized the Racial Equity Toolkit. The King Street Station Cultural Plan will be presented in spring 2017 based on the feedback gathered at these events. The design utilizes the raw undeveloped expansive open space of the third floor to create a flexible, modular public area that can respond to multi-disciplinary art presentations and the associated community space needs. The space will include arts presentation spaces, Grey Box theater space, a Living Room community gathering area, meeting rooms, bathrooms, and offices for ARTS.

  • Community Cultural space: A large 8,550 sq. ft. open area with movable walls where exhibitions, events, and presentations can take place.
  • Grey Box: An intimate 1,720 sq. ft. enclosed area that can be used for smaller installations and performances.
  • Living Room: A 2,450 sq. ft. common area on the third floor that will serve as a welcoming space and information hub for visitors, and a meeting space for artists and community.

“We are excited about the endless opportunities that King Street Station presents to the city, our office, and the community,” says Randy Engstrom, director Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. “Olson Kundig has enthusiastically embraced our vision of the third floor as a space for art, artists, and community to collaborate, communicate and connect. We want King Street Station to serve as a nexus for our diverse communities, elevate arts and culture in Seattle and serve as a lab for artists to experiment.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to help activate this amazing space at King Street Station. It presents an incredible opportunity to design an adaptive venue for art installations, events and more for the Office of Arts & Culture and community,” Kirsten R. Murray, principal/owner, Olson Kundig.

Now in its fifth decade of practice, Olson Kundig is a Seattle-based, full-service design firm whose work includes residences, hospitality projects, commercial and mixed-use design, academic buildings, museums and exhibition design, interior design, product and accessories design, visual identities, and places of worship for clients around the globe. The firm’s projects include the Seattle Art Museum Permanent Galleries, Rental Galleries and Bookstore (Seattle), the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture (Seattle), Washington State University Museum of Art (Seattle), Tacoma Art Museum Haub Galleries (Tacoma), Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art (Denver), The Bo Bartlett Center at Columbus State University (Columbus), Ann Hamilton’s Waterfront Seattle artwork installation, and more. For more information visit or follow Olson Kundig on Instagram and Twitter.

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) in partnership with the Office of Economic Development and Seattle Department of Transportation will create permanent cultural space at King Street Station with a phased opening in 2017 and 2018. The new cultural space is being funded through an increased admissions tax allocation supported by both Mayor Murray and City Council. For more information, visit

Photo Credit: Exterior of King Street Station by Ben Benschneider, courtesy of SDOT.

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Office of Arts & Culture | Seattle The Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) envisions a city driven by creativity that provides the opportunity for everyone to engage in diverse arts and cultural experiences. ARTS oversees the city’s public art program, cultural partnerships grant programs, Cultural Space, the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, and The Creative Advantage initiative. All work of the office is approached through a social justice lens and is informed by the city’s Race and Social Justice Initiative, an effort to realize the vision of racial equity. The Office is supported by the 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council. Find out more at