Performance Space at Pier 48

Course Description


Danielle Rawson Winter 2020

Course Description

The focus of this studio will be an interior / exterior performance shell on Pier 48; providing opportunity for engagement and activity at the southern boundary of the newly redeveloped Seattle waterfront. For most of its history, Pier 48 has been part of the industrial port; managing shipped goods or boats…but for a brief moment in 1993, it was a venue for music. Nirvana, the Breeders, and Cypress Hill performed a New Year’s Eve show, live on this Pier, in an old warehouse (now demolished). This was an isolated event. As it was before and still remains, Pier 48 is the boundary between the Port of Seattle shipping terminal and the Colman Dock ferry terminal; both very active and necessary infrastructure elements within the City. The proposed performance shell is meant to re-capture this moment and this space, in between these industrial elements, providing opportunity for people to re-inhabit the water’s edge; adjacent the more pedestrian oriented streetscape to the east and north. The shell and related program spaces will need to beresponsive to the marine environment and the redevelopment happening along the waterfront.