Waterfront – Overlook Walk & Ocean Pavilion

Review Status

On March 5, 2020, we reviewed the schematic design (60% design phase) for the Overlook Walk and the Seattle Aquarium Ocean Pavilion projects. At this meeting, we approved the schematic designs for the Overlook Walk and Seattle Aquarium Ocean Pavilion with several recommendations. We will review the projects again at a future date.

Project Description

The Overlook Walk is a signature element of the City's Office of the Waterfront proposal for the redesign of the waterfront following the removal of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. The walk is a series of walkways, stairs, plazas, and overlooks that provide a key connection between the waterfront and Pike Place Market. The stairs orient towards Pier 62/63 and the waterfront promenade landing, both of which are elements of the proposed Main Corridor project. The Overlook Walk also includes two buildings, one of which is already constructed, that will be used for a variety of tenant spaces and arts and cultural facilities.  The Overlook Walk will also provide a seamless connection to the Seattle Aquarium Ocean Pavilion's rooftop, which will include a series of public spaces, amphitheater, vegetation, and public stair and elevator.
The Seattle Aquarium Ocean Pavilion is an extension of the Seattle Aquarium and will provide additional exhibit and educational space. The Ocean Pavilion will integrate with the south stair and adjacent spaces that are a part of the Overlook Walk.  The 3-story facility will also include public spaces, amphitheater, and educational space on the rooftop, which is directly connected to the pathways and public spaces along the upper portions of the Overlook Walk and is publicly accessible through stair and elevator along the southern edge of the pavilion.

March 5, 2020

April 19, 2018

July 21, 2016

June 19, 2014