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The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) announced today that local architecture firm Olson Kundig will design a new cultural space on the third floor of the King Street train station at 303 South Jackson Street. The hub will include meeting rooms, bathrooms and offices for ARTS, as well as three unique spaces: an arts presentation area, a Grey Box theater and a community gathering space.

The arts presentation area will be an 8,550-square-foot open space with movable walls, and will be used to host exhibitions and events. At 1,720 square feet, the Grey Box theater will be an intimate enclosed area that will be used for smaller installations and performances. The third space will serve as a welcoming area and information hub for visitors, and a place for artists and community members to interact.

“We couldn’t be more excited to help activate this amazing space at King Street Station. It presents an incredible opportunity to design an adaptive venue for art installations, events and more for the Office of Arts & Culture and community,” Kirsten R. Murray, principal/owner at Olson Kundig, in a press release.

The cultural space is being funded through an increased admissions tax allocation supported by both Mayor Ed Murray and the Seattle City Council. The city has held 12 community focus groups aimed at determining how best to reflect the diversity of the King Street Station area in the design and functionality of the space.

“This is an unprecedented opportunity to create a vibrant permanent cultural space in our rapidly growing city,” said Mayor Murray. “The new space will draw on the richness of the community surrounding it – from Pioneer Square, the Chinatown-International District, and beyond. This new era for King Street Station will help us carry out our vision to ensure public spaces are accessible, equitable, and reflective of the diversity of the community it serves.”

Olson Kundig’s 17,130-square-foot design will be unveiled at a November 5th public meeting at King Street Station. You can RSVP for the event here.

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