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The American Institute Of Architects Selects Pike Place Marketfront For A 2019 Institute Honor Award For Regional And Urban Design.
Since its opening at the turn of 20th century, Pike Place Market has become a pillar of Seattle’s urban fabric. More than just a public market, this neighborhood has turned into historic district. It is home to farmers, craftspeople, small businesses and residents. Each of them being an integral part of the area’s history and character.
Aerial view of Pike Place MarketFront. © The Miller Hull Partnership
In 2011, the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA) was given an opportunity to reclaim the site of a former Municipal Market Building. It was demolished after a fire damaged the building in 1974. After a competitive process, PDA and the City of Seattle selected a team to design a new community space. The new space should complement the culture and spirit of original Market, the second addition to Pike Place Market in nearly 40 years.
View from the upper terrace level. Photo – © Lara Swimmer
Completed in 2017, Pike Place MarketFront caters to present, but looks to the future, acting as the gateway from the heart of downtown to waterfront. Today, the project serves as a critical connection point where the most essential goods and services are available within a 10-minute walk and well-served by transit. In near future, Pike Place MarketFront will also lead down to Overlook Walk. The project is a part of Seattle’s multi-phase waterfront revitalization plan that is currently in design.
Site location. © The Miller Hull Partnership
Phases of construction. © The Miller Hull Partnership
Celebrating an Industrial spirit –
Early in the process, the Pike Place MarketFront design team established a set of goals to create a unique urban experience in Seattle’s Pike Place Market District. With urban design framework for waterfront, the MarketFront project was challenged to develop a rich range of pathways and experiences. It would engage the public in the immediate local environment, while ultimately linking to future shoreline promenade on waterfront.
MarketFront Plaza on upper level. Photo – © Navid Baraty
The design team’s vision was to open the city’s treasured landmark with grand public gathering space framed by a contemporary lightness and transparency. The team found contextual inspiration in the character of Pike Place Market’s simple utilitarian character, as well as in the concrete post and beam structures and heavy timber elements commonly found throughout the existing Market.
Heavy timber construction. Photo – © Peipei Sun
Producers Marketfront. Photo – © Lara Swimmer
An extension of the neighborhood, Pike Place MarketFront is inspired by the existing district, adding 50 vendor stalls, 40 low-income and senior apartments, commercial, retail and office space, public restrooms and 300 underground parking spaces.
Floor layout. © The Miller Hull Partnership
Railings, canopies and lighting fixtures are in galvanized steel. Large expanses of glazing utilize aluminum curtain wall with glue-laminated mullions to resist heavy wind loads and underscore industrial feel.
Photo – © Lara Swimmer
From the Architects –
The Miller Hull Partnership, an international, award-winning architecture and planning firm, has received a 2019 AIA Institute Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design for Pike Place MarketFront from The American Institute of Architects (AIA). This honor underscores the point that the contribution architects make to clients and public is not only a matter of single buildings, but also how those buildings relate to one another and create the infrastructure for a community and a civilization, explains AIA President William J. Bates, FAIA.
Evening view of the bridge along the road. Photo – © Vlanka Catalan
Completed in 2017, Pike Place MarketFront is first major addition to the iconic Pike Place Market in nearly 40 years. The new community space complements the culture and spirit of the original Market, catering to the present. It also looks upon to the future as a gateway from the heart of downtown to waterfront. Soon, Pike Place MarketFront will connect directly to Overlook Walk. The walk is part of Seattle’s multi-phase waterfront revitalization plan that is currently in design.
View of the picturesque waterfront. Photo – © Miller Hull
Section through the 1. Pike Market, 2. Desimone bridge, 3. Vendor Pavilion, 4. Producers Hall, 5. Parking garage, 6. MarketFront Housing, 7. Great Northern Tunnel, 8. Alaska way Viadcut. © The Miller Hull Partnership
“We were so humbled when we were selected for this project because we knew how important it was going to be for the city of Seattle,” said David Miller, founding partner of Miller Hull and design lead on the project.
Pike Place marketfront and it neighborhood –
Pike Place MarketFront is located in a highly compact neighborhood, one that embodies true urbanism. Miller Hull’s design opens the city’s treasured landmark with grand public gathering space, framed by a contemporary lightness and transparency. Contextually inspired by toughness of Pacific Northwest, Pike Place MarketFront oozes simple, utilitarian character. This is evident through its cast-in-place concrete and engineered timber base. It is capped by an open-air structural steel framed pavilion.
Structural steel framework. Photo – © Lara Swimmer
Vendor’s Pavilion. Photo – © Lara Swimmer
Like the existing Market, Pike Place MarketFront is an active public space built to serve the surrounding community. It also caters to nearly 40,000 people from across the world who visit the area each day. An extension of the existing neighborhood, the project added 50 vendor stalls, public restrooms, 40 low-income and senior housing units and retail/office space.
Food joint. Photo – © Lara Swimmer
Involvement of community –
This programmatic complexity and prominence within the Seattle community demanded deep involvement from a wide range of stakeholders. This included the merchants who would be using the space. Over two years, the design team participated in and facilitated hundreds of public meetings. This was done to seek comment on design direction and development. The outcome would lead to a new urban place that tantalizes visitors and longstanding residents alike.
Evening view of the Vendor’s Pavilion. Photo – © Vlanka Catalan
“This recognition echoes the importance of the project to the city, as well as the importance of public space in urban areas in general,” said Miller. “We are very excited about this award and we hope that Pike Place MarketFront will become a can’t-miss experience for all.”
Desimone bridge. Photo – © Lara Swimmer
The jury for the 2019 AIA National Institute Honor Awards for Regional and Urban Design included the following -Lance Hosey, FAIA (Chair), Gensler, San Diego; Jonah Cohen, FAIA, Hacker; Jeffrey Huber, AIA, Brooks + Scarpa Architects; Marcel Quimby, FAIA, Gensler, Dallas; and Claudia Herasme, New York City Department of City Planning.
MarketFront Producer’s Hall. Photo – © Peipei Sun
Project details –
Project name – Pike Place Marketfront
Architect – The Miller Hull Partnership
Project location – Seattle, Washington, United States of America
Project type – Public space, Civic, Infrastructure
Photography – © Mat Albores, Lara Swimmer, Vlanka Catalan, Navid Baraty, Peipei Sun, Miller Hull
General contractor – Sellen Construction
Civil / Structural engineer – Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing – ARUP
Landscape – Berger Partnership | Lighting design – dark | light design | Acoustical consultant – Greenbusch Group, Inc.
Archaeological Services – ESA Associates | ADA Consultant – Karen Braitmayer | Code Consultant – Tom Kinsman
Wayfinding – RMB Vivid | Traffic Consultant – Heffron Transportation
Building Envelope Consultant – Wetherholt and Associates
Door Hardware Consultant – Adams Consulting and Estimating | Elevator Consultant – Elevator Consulting Services