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Swift Company | Alaskan Way Viaduct

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Title: Major Infrastructure / Urban Form

Project: Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project / Pike Place Market Lid Study, Seattle, WA

Firm: Swift Company, Task Lead; Parsons Brinckerhoff; VIA Architecture

Summary: Today the Alaskan Way Viaduct bisects Seattle’s waterfront and central downtown. The proposed tunnel alignment creates the exceptional potential to bind together the vital urban life of downtown and the Pike Place Market with the shoreline.

Swift Company developed the Pike Place Market Lid strategy, programmatic and design assumptions, establishing the foundations for this significant public promenade – connecting the vital neighborhoods of the central waterfront with the historic Pike Place Market. A pedestrian promenade bounded by a layered sequence of terraces, cascading sheets of water and sculpted grass landforms step down the slope to the southwest. The simple design reflects the northwest shoreline landscapes in strong conceptual forms and patterns. The simple design connects the city.

Some things don’t get built, but the role of the landscape architect establishing the urban form for critical urban infrastructure is out in front.