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December 9, 2011

Steel structure complete for Chihuly Glass House

Photo courtesy Chihuly Garden and Glass [enlarge]

Crews have finished the steel structure for the glass house in the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit at Seattle Center, and will begin installing glass panels next week.

The 4,500-square-foot structure is 43 feet tall and 97 feet long. It will house a suspended sculpture made up of 2,000 pieces of red and yellow glass that is being constructed now in Dale Chihuly's studio. The glass is part of Chihuly's Persian series.

Chihuly Garden and Glass is being built in the space once occupied by the Fun Forest. The glass house is the only new structure. The Fun Forest pavilion (shown here at the top of the photo) is being converted into nine galleries of Chihuly's work as well as a 50-seat theater and lecture hall.

The garden will cover 16,000 square feet, and there will be a plaza between the Glass House and the indoor pavilion.

The exhibit will have a 2,400-square-foot bookstore and shop selling art supplies, studio edition glass, prints and gifts.

The Glass House will be available for events, with a capacity of 275 people for banquets and 500 for receptions.

The project is targeting LEED silver and will have green roofs, green screen walls and natural ventilation.

Completion is scheduled for next spring.

Schuchart is the general contractor. Owen Richards Architects is the designer and AHBL is landscape architect.

Funding is being provided by Center Art, a entity made up of the Wright Family, owners of the Space Needle, and Chihuly.

Other team members include the Seneca Group, development manager; Seattle Structural, structural engineer; Springline, civil engineer; Sparling, electrical/AV consultant; Architettura Design, cafe/retail consultant; H&M Electric, mechanical contractor; and Novum, glass house contractor.