The artwork is a collection of sculptural pieces formed from stainless steel woven wire fabric into architectural appendages containing video screens depicting domestic life.
U District Station
Associate Architect: Tiscareno Associates
Prime Consultant: McMillen Jacobs Associates (Project Manager & Lead Structural Engineering)
General Contractor: Hoffman Construction Company
Structural Engineering: Bright Engineering
Mechanical & Plumbing Engineering: WSP
Electrical Engineering: Elcon Associates, Inc.
Civil Engineering: KPFF Consulting Engineers
Landscape Architecture: Swift Company, LLC
Traffic & Lighting Design: WSP
Artist: Lead Pencil Studio
105,000 square feet
Architecture, Planning, Urban Design
Seattle’s University District is a bustling and eclectic mixed-use community situated directly between the city’s downtown core and the burgeoning neighborhoods to the north. With the University of Washington’s Seattle campus and numerous commercial enterprises creating a destination for thousands of students, workers, and visitors every day, this station anticipates record numbers of riders in fulfilment of its pivotal role in Seattle’s urban evolution.
From the north and south lobbies, patrons descend through the escalator and stair tubes to a mid-level open landing, placed within a tall voluminous central space, and continue to the train platform below via open escalators or an open stair. The landing appears to float above the angled cross-bracing elements and is offset to the east. The offset, along with artwork and video installations on the west wall, create a design asymmetry that will help to define north-south wayfinding and directionality on the platform. While passengers wait for their trains, they will experience “Fragment Brooklyn” by Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo of Lead Pencil Studio.
The large central volume is defined by a white corrugated metal ceiling and canted walls that conceal essential back-of-house functions. Wayfinding is enhanced by overhead aluminum tubes containing lighting, speakers, and other systems, which begin at the north and south station entries and trace a path to the platform. Two different colors aid passengers in orienting north and south: orange for north and blue for south.
Photography: Adam Hunter
2023 AIA Washington Council Civic Design Awards, Honorable Mention
2022 ASCE Seattle Section Local Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Awards, Outstanding Award in the Transportation and Development Category