" The Seattle Art Museum is in the process of dramatic transformation. It is a critically important reservoir of thought and expression for the city. The expansion will establish a new presence in the collective memory of the city... The design responds to the creative energy of Seattle and the dramatic landscape of Puget Sound. Through a phased expansion, it will grow vertically within the building volume over the period of 20 years.
This unprecedented arrangement has inspired a design solution that acknowledges and celebrates this verticality and dynamism, both in the ordering of interior space and in the articualtion of the building envelope.
In this way the museum remains open to change, influence and possiblility. Rather than an exclusive and internalized object, the building will be an open and active matrix of light, life, and art...and creating a beautiful and rich experience with the art and the city."