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Seattle Asian Art Museum

Seattle, Washington

Client: Seattle Art Museum
Architect: LMN Architects
Landscape Architect: Walker Macy
Completion: 2019
LEED Silver®

The renovation and expansion of the Seattle Asian Art Museum honors and preserves the architectural legacy of the historic 1933 Bebb and Gould-designed Art Deco building while creating a seamless integration with the spectacular Olmsted-designed Volunteer Park.

Finding the right balance between maintaining the historic fabric while transforming the museum for the future was of critical importance. The lighting design upgraded the exhibit lighting system to dedicated LEDsources reducing energy use and cooling load and reintroduced long-forgotten lighting features from the original historic building that had been decommissioned over the years, restoring serendipitous glory to this successful renovation.

2021 IES Seattle Section Puget Sound Gloria Koch Leonidas Illumination Award
2020 Architects Newspaper Building Renovation, Best of Design Editor’s Choice
2020 AL Design Awards Outstanding Achievement Exhibition Lighting and Installations
2020 Fast Company’s Innovation by Design Award, Best Design Cities – Honorable Mention
2020 Fast Company’s Innovation by Design Award, Best Design North America- Honorable Mention
2020 ENR Northwest Regional Best Projects, Renovation / Restoration Award of Merit
2020 AIA Washington Council Civic Design Award
2020 AIA Northwest and Pacific Region Design Award
2020 AIA Seattle Chapter Honor Award Honorable Mention