Located in the International District, the Wing Luke Asian Art Museum is a cultural destination point that attracts thousands of visitors every year. The museum moved into its present-day home, the historic East Kong Yick Building, to greatly expand its facilities. Our firm seismically upgraded the deteriorating building by strengthening and replacing existing features to make it both usable and seismically secure. We took care to accommodate a wide variety of materials and building styles present in the original structure to ensure we retained key historical elements. Reframing and new structural elements, however, allowed for the introduction of a new set of unique spaces, including the theater and community meeting areas. Our civil engineers’ deep knowledge of City of Seattle permitting code and the existing utilities allowed the installation of a new water main to run smoothly with no impacts to adjacent facilities. The building won the 2009 International Place Design Awards.
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Olson Kundig Architects, Marpac Construction
Environmental Design Research Association 2009 Interior Design Competition Winner
AIA 2009 Honor Award
Historic Seattle 2009 Adaptive Reuse Award
ABC 2009 Special Merit Award