The Sheraton Seattle has begun construction on The Garden Walk, a project designed to transform 7th Avenue into a welcoming pedestrian walkway for those traveling to and from the Washington State Convention Center, according to Matthieu Van Der Peet, general manager of the Sheraton Seattle. “We hope this will become a gathering place for everyone to enjoy beautiful greenery and peace in the middle of the bustling city.”
The green space has been designed by award-winning landscape architect firm Gustafson Guthrie Nichol. Several large-scale mirrors will enliven the streetscape to show movement and color, and will reflect the historic façade of the Eagles Temple Building across the street as well as the Convention Center, replacing the blank wall of the Sheraton with the illusion of much grander architecture.
Ginny Ruffner’s sculpture, “An Urban Garden,” will anchor the corner of Union Street and 7th Avenue. The 27-foot kinetic water feature will create a landmark entry to downtown Seattle from Interstate 5.
The Garden Walk is expected to open in spring 2011.