“This Galleria is but a small sliver of our city, but by making the most of what a small space can offer, we hope to make a difference in your day.”
These words greet visitors and employees alike in the activated space between two corporate buildings in South Lake Union. The Block 44 building - designed by ZGF Architects - adds office and retail to the South Lake Union neighborhood to expand Amazon’s global headquarters; the Galleria creates a destination for the daytime community with a large landscaped public green space bookended by water features and scattered with sculpted seating unified under an glass canopy installation by artist Spencer Fitch.
Through the activated galleria, a curated space ordinarily earmarked for private use proves that enormous community benefit can derive from small spaces.
The Galleria was awarded the 2016 Merit Award for "General Design over $500,000 Construction Budget" by the Washington Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.