Two Mithun Projects Honored by AIA Washington Council

Date Posted: 09.25.2020

Two Mithun projects were recognized within the 2020 AIA Washington Council Civic Design Awards program. ARTS at King Street Station and Liberty Bank Building each received Citation Awards in the annual awards program celebrating design excellence in publicly funded projects located in Washington state.

ARTS at King Street Station transformed the third floor of the landmark train station to create a welcoming arts and cultural hub that highlights communities of color and honors indigenous origins. The 17,500-square-foot space provides flexible, co-use areas for community gathering, a multi-disciplinary presentation gallery, studio for artists-in-residence and professional offices for the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture. The design provides space and opportunities for people of color to generate and present their work, and to reflect and foster the creativity of diverse people that contribute to Seattleā€™s vibrance. This project was completed in collaboration with Olson Kundig.

Liberty Bank Building builds upon the legacy of Liberty Bank, the first African-American-owned bank in the Pacific Northwest established in 1968 in response to redlining and disinvestment in Central Seattle. Located on the site of this former landmark, the new Liberty Bank Building leverages the power of a groundbreaking partnership to accelerate community-driven development and reshape the future of this neighborhood. The building provides 115 permanently affordable homes for households at or below 60% AMI (area median income), as well as affordable commercial spaces for small businesses that sustain the local Black community.