Northwest NEWS

January 24, 2000

Local News

New City Hall entry, artwork designed

information desk

The new City Hall information desk will be backed with a faux-wood surface with horizontal slots for shelves, or clips for hanging items such as pictures. The shelves will also contain various public information sheets.

   by Marshall Haley, staff reporter

   WOODINVILLE--Lewis Architects presented new designs for City Hall at the City Council's Jan. 17 study session, featuring the plaza entryway off 133rd NE and two artwork display walls at the information desk inside.

   The wide cement plaza will be 3-4 steps below street level, said Lewis co-owner Ross Jamieson. A 30-foot, gradually inclined sidewalk will run northwest to the plaza from the street, near the intersection of NE 172nd, by the main parking lot entrance.

   Lewis designer Laroy Gant showed the Council three design options for two walls and overhead lighting at the information desk. The south-facing wall would be dedicated to hanging artwork that can be frequently changed. Councilmembers seemed to favor using the wall to show work by as many local artists as possible.

   Gant then discussed options for the wall behind the information desk. The faux-wood surface will contain horizontal slots that can hold shelves, or clips for hanging items such as pictures. The shelves will also contain various public information sheets, dispersed by the clerk. Barbara Solberg suggested placing standing art on some of the shelves, which Gant said the wall could easily accommodate.

   Lewis interior designer Kim Parsley presented a variety of furniture upholstery and interior wood color schemes, including three styles of audience chairs for Council chambers.