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Waterfront – Overlook Walk & Ocean Pavilion

Review Status

On November 5, 2020, we reviewed the design development phase (90% design phase) for the Waterfront Seattle Overlook Walk project. At this meeting, we approved the design development phase for the Overlook Walk project with several recommendations.

On August 20, 2020, we reviewed the design development phase (90% design phase) for the Seattle Aquarium Ocean Pavilion project. At this meeting, we approved the design development phase for the Seattle Aquarium Ocean Pavilion with several recommendations.

Project Description

The Overlook Walk is a signature element of the City's Office of the Waterfront proposal for the redesign of the waterfront following the removal of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. The walk is a series of walkways, stairs, plazas, and overlooks that provide a key connection between the waterfront and Pike Place Market. The stairs orient towards Pier 62/63 and the waterfront promenade landing, both of which are elements of the proposed Main Corridor project. The Overlook Walk also includes two buildings, one of which is already constructed, that will be used for a variety of tenant spaces and arts and cultural facilities.  The Overlook Walk will also provide a seamless connection to the Seattle Aquarium Ocean Pavilion's rooftop, which will include a series of public spaces, amphitheater, vegetation, and public stair and elevator.
The Seattle Aquarium Ocean Pavilion is an extension of the Seattle Aquarium and will provide additional exhibit and educational space. The Ocean Pavilion will integrate with the south stair and adjacent spaces that are a part of the Overlook Walk.  The 3-story facility will also include public spaces, amphitheater, and educational space on the rooftop, which is directly connected to the pathways and public spaces along the upper portions of the Overlook Walk and is publicly accessible through stair and elevator along the southern edge of the pavilion.

November 5, 2020 Meeting - Overlook Walk

August 20, 2020 Meeting - Ocean Pavilion

March 5, 2020 Meeting - Ocean Pavilion & Overlook Walk

April 19, 2018 Meeting - Ocean Pavilion & Overlook Walk

July 21, 2016 Meeting - Ocean Pavilion & Overlook Walk

June 19, 2014 Meeting - Ocean Pavilion & Overlook Walk

Seattle Design Commission

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The Seattle Design Commission advises the Mayor, City Council, and City departments on the design of capital improvements and other projects and policies that shape Seattle's public realm.