King County Correctional Facility
An undulating bank of seating provides respite and eases lobby interactions.
The lobby at the King County Correctional Facility serves as a waiting area for visitors as well as a meeting location for lawyers to consult with their clients. There, Drew Daley’s Reverb provides both a focal point and seating for the otherwise austere space.
Reverb is composed of hand-crafted wooden chairs that have been cut apart, reconfigured, and reattached to form an undulating, accordion-like chain in a soft blue-grey color. Assembled in a curve, the chairs are oriented slightly toward each other to facilitate conversation.
While watching people attempt to hold a conversation on the bench that previously occupied the space, it occurred to me that a long straight seat does not allow for easy exchange. The individuals speaking were forced to turn toward each other in an attempt to make eye contact. –Drew Daly
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About the Location
King County Correctional Facility Located on a busy corner in downtown Seattle, the Seattle Division of the King County Jail opened in 1986. Today four permanent public artworks are sited at the correctional facility. A year after the building became operational, landscape architect Martha Schwartz designed its colorful entry plaza and Benson Shaw created Torus Torum for the south…
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