The new Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion designed by the Miller/Hull Partnership replaced the Flag Pavilion, part of the International Fountain Plaza built for the 1962 World's Fair.
The Fisher Pavilion was conceived more as a landscape architecture project than an architecture project -- the 14,000 square feet of exhibition space has been buried below the ground, with a 19,000 square feet rooftop plaza which opened up vistas toward the International Fountain. A bowl-shaped landscape design exposed the northern side of the buried exhibition space, and the glazed facade of this elevation provides views and access between the International Fountain Plaza and the interior of Fisher Pavilion.
In addition, two tall concrete plinths placed at the eastern end of the rooftop plaza contains an elevator and other mechanical functions, and marks the entrance to the pavilion from above.
Fisher Pavilion's subterranean design, which conserves thermal energy, is one of the more visible sustainable strategies employed which earned the project a LEED Silver certification.
Keywords: United States, King County, Seattle, Flag Pavilion, belvedere, plazas, exhibition structures. Submitted by Sabrina Sierawski, recipient of the 2006 Whitaker Traveling Fellowship.