ReThink ReUse Seattle

The proposal claims a portion of Elliott Bay to recycle the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge pontoons into a moving landscape of weekly transformation adjacent to Seattle’s dense downtown core. The scheme creates an 11.25 acre public park in an area with no undeveloped waterfront properties for future public use. Becoming a playground for the city, the 33 floating pontoons are transformed into a movable event landscape of gardens, athletic field/courts, amphitheaters, pocket forests, swimming pools, and cafes. Elements of infrastructure, horticulture, and program are arranged within the landscape to recreate an ensemble promoting pedestrian interaction and spontaneity.

Injecting garden and recreational activity centers into the city’s working bay aims to further de-industrialize the water’s edge. The scheme softens the barriers of a commercial waterfront and provides a natural destination for midtown residents and daily commuters. In tandem with the Seattle Aquarium and Waterfront Arcade, the intervention draws people to the water’s edge creating opportunities for further deindustrialization and reclamation for civic use along the shoreline. The proposal establishes the existing Waterfront Park as a gateway to/from the city. The floating landscape supports places for retreat, leisure, and daily recreation throughout the year for the dense commercial and residential inhabitants of central Seattle. The city’s moving park becomes a new waterfront destination and architectural spectacle for the transient visitor, while providing beneficial amenities for local residents.

The floating park becomes an opportunity to craft a singular landscape which can be altered and adjusted through time. The pontoons are retrofitted with 3 mechanized adjustable cables. By extending or retracting the length of the cables, the pontoons are able to move in both X and Y directions along the water’s surface. The pieces are orchestrated into a variation of pre-programmed arrangements and patterns and are envisioned to move once a week along the water’s surface to create new, unique landscapes throughout the year. The patterns establish a weekly variation of potential programmatic uses and spatial arrangements.. The shifting field encourages a range of contrasting activities, providing new adjacencies and social possibilities while creating distinct interaction opportunities for users within its landscape. Becoming Seattle’s waterfront calendar, the proposal is a spectacle when viewed from the city and provides new views from Elliott Bay towards Seattle.

The proposal seeks to establish a self sufficient sustainable environment. Elements which filter rainwater, deal with site waste, and create renewable energy are integrated into the overall design to create a carbon neutral island. The landscape is infused with local vegetation and wildlife to create an holistic indigenous micro ecosystem