Outdoor Rooms and Activity Areas

This plan shows six blocks of Westlake Avenue. A promenade and sequence of outdoor rooms support a variety of activities: walking to and from work, meeting a friend, shopping, playing with your kid, encountering other species, watching stormwater treatment, tending a garden, and watching the world go by. In response to Westlake Avenue’s place within the Lake Union watershed, stormwater is captured and drained through a series of aesthetic demonstration projects that lead to Lake Union. “Westlake Gardens: Urban Watershed as Urban Flow” highlights the hybrid and changing nature of Seattle’s urban landscape by expressing the performative aspect of social and ecological processes. A layering of multiple urban flows yields a beautiful infrastructure of streets, water, parks, lights, and people, all spilling down to Lake Union. The project weaves together local influences of watershed ecosystems, sustainable technologies, and culture to yield a richly layered place responsive to Seattle’s unique topography, weather, and water bodies.