Grand Opening of ARTS at King Street Station
On Saturday, March 23, the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) will host grand opening celebrations for its dynamic new space for arts and culture located on the top floor of Seattle’s historic King Street Station. Olson Kundig principal/owner Kirsten R. Murray, FAIA, worked with ARTS to create concept designs for the space, which was completed by Schacht Aslani Architects. The 17,500-square-foot space contains flexible, multipurpose areas for community gathering in addition to professional office and gallery space. In the multi-disciplinary presentation gallery, Olson Kundig designed a series of kinetic gallery walls that enable the community and artists to reconfigure the displays for changing exhibitions and events. Suspended from a custom-designed elevated track inspired by the railroad tracks serving the station below, a set of eight movable walls with integrated lighting support a wide range of spatial configurations. The result is a flexible space that can easily transform to meet the evolving needs of ARTS and the community. The inaugural exhibition, yәhaw̓, will be on view in the gallery through August. For more information, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/arts/programs/arts-at-king-street-station.