Chihuly Garden and Glass

Ground Up Construction, Academic and Cultural

Opening Press Release

Chihuly Garden & Glass Museum Events Room Interior

ARCHITECT: Owen Richards Architects


CLIENT: Center Art, LLC

SCHEDULE: 9 months

SIZE: 6,400 sf new + 20,400 sf renovation

The project consisted of the renovation, expansion, and conversion of the former 20,400 sf Fun Forest Pavilion into an exhibition space for one of the Northwest’s most renowned talents: glass sculptor Dale Chihuly. The project features nine galleries, including a five-section, 1,500-piece glass installation; a 50-seat theater; lecture hall; and dining and retail areas. The 4,000 sf Collections Café displays Chihuly’s personal collections: chalk ware, vintage radios, bottle cap openers and accordions suspended from the ceiling. The campus includes 16,000 sf exhibit garden offering visitors an immersive experience via winding path. The project was completed under budget and 3.5 weeks early. LEED Silver Certified.

2012 Finalist, Community Impact of the Year
NAIOP Night of the Stars

Chihuly Garden & Glass Outdoor Area at Seattle Center
Chihuly Garden & Glass Outdoor Area at Seattle Center
Chihuly Garden & Glass, Exterior View
Chihuly Garden & Glass, Interior Ceiling
Chihuly Garden & Glass, Outside Sculptures at Seattle Center
Chihuly Garden & Glass, Building Interior Hallway
Chihuly Garden & Glass, Seattle Center Aerial View