Located on the northern shoreline of Lake Washington, Kenmore is a growing city. To encourage development and promote civic pride, the City asked HEWITT to design a modern town square to serve the Kenmore community. Located in the city’s civic heart, the 24,000 SF site serves as a symbolic “living room” that celebrates the City’s rich history; provides opportunities for gathering and discovery; and creates a flexible multi-purpose venue for recreation and events.
The open plaza provides flexible space for picnics, outdoor movie events, and small concerts. The design recalls Kenmore’s natural and cultural history with forms and features reminiscent of skipping stones in calm water. The effect is heightened by substantial swaths of natural grasses, a large dock-like wood element adjacent to an interactive water feature, and a grouping of heated rocks ringed by colorful LED lights. Etched granite inlays interspersed in the paving provide the history of Kenmore.
The Hangar – a civic building designed by Graham Baba Architects – engages the plaza with a cantilevered canopy, porch-like stoop, and operable window wall. The building includes a 1,000 SF café space, distinct community meeting spaces with integrated storage, and a green roof.
HEWITT led the full team for the design and construction of the project, which included a series of public workshops exploring how Kenmore views its past, present, and future.