Climate Pledge Arena Lounge
Service / Recreational
Type of Glass
Global design firm Populous designed the new Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, which opened its doors to the public Fall 2021. This transformational project is set to be the first-ever certified net zero carbon arena in the world and is one of the most significant private investments in Pacific Northwest sports and entertainment history. Populous was engaged as Architect of Record by Oak View Group and the City of Seattle to design this 740,000-square-foot arena with three goals: to create the most sustainable arena in the world, to responsibly revitalize a historic landmark and to cultivate the ultimate fan experience.
This multifunctional venue in the heart of Seattle Center harkens back to the original facility, which was built for the 1962 World’s Fair. The new design focused on revitalizing the landmark arena and honoring the original design intent while activating a pedestrian-focused plan. The former arena was a flat-floor, column-free pavilion with a glass façade allowing visitors to see inside. Populous’ design preserves these character-defining features, and draws from the firm’s vast experience of creating meaningful spaces for people to gather.
Construction required the 44-million-pound roof to be suspended above the site while the new arena was built underneath. To increase the size of the arena — to approximately twice the size of the former venue — and give the venue 360-degree pedestrian access, it was necessary to dig 16 feet deeper than the previous 1995 renovation that bottomed out at 38 feet below ground level, and significantly expand the below-grade building footprint in all directions. In addition, a historic glass curtain wall was preserved in the new arena’s north end, presenting visitors with a view to the plaza.
Rockwell Group, interior designer for the arena’s premium spaces, drew on its experience designing for performance, live events and hospitality to create a comprehensive set of premium amenities, each offering its own experience. Inspired by the Pacific Northwest, the seven spaces feature a distinctly regional feel with local materials and include a modern food hall, craft beer concourse, private restaurant, and two suite typologies.
The overall arena incorporates innovative and high-design areas throughout. From select suites, guests can observe players walking from the locker room to the event floor, creating a personal and theatrical connection with the game and the rituals of preparing to go out onto the court or ice. The beautifully designed private clubs and lounges incorporate glass, woods, fabrics and metals that work to deliver on the arena’s innovative and energetic experience. The beautifully designed private clubs and lounges incorporate glass, woods, fabrics, and metals that work to deliver on the arena’s innovative and energetic experience. The subtle inclusion of antique mirrors provides a depth and timeless enhancement to premium areas while highlighting the attention to detail that is seen throughout the arena. The variety of lighting that evokes a different experience and level of ambiance plays into the overall spirit. The inclusion of biophilic designs speaks to the sustainability efforts of this project.
Goldray provided glass from our Reflective Collection.
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