Seattle International Film Festival

Seattle International Film Festival

Article from Daily Journal of Commerce

Oct 19, 2011

SIFF Film Center, the new permanent home for the Seattle International Film Festival, will open this week at Seattle Center.

Private opening events take place Thursday through Saturday. The public open house will be noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The SIFF center houses a 100-seat theater as well as offices, a classroom, screening room, and a reference library for scripts, films, poster art and other film materials.

The $2.1 million project was designed by Owen Richards Architects of Seattle.

It is in the former Alki Room, an 11,800-square-foot standalone structure originally built for the 1962 World’s Fair. Work started last December.

After the World’s Fair, the building was converted by its original architect, Paul Thiry, into a restaurant. Linear glass sunscreens were added as part of Thiry’s renovation.

The building was renovated again in the 1980s for events. Much of the original interior was covered with drywall and oak trim. Portions of the interior were damaged or partially removed.

Architect Richard Owens said he wanted to maintain as much of the building’s openness as possible for the SIFF renovation, making use of natural daylight and creating visual connections with the campus. Graphics were added to the exterior glass sunscreen to give the building a more dynamic appearance.

Redux was general contractor and Keith Henrickson was the project manager. Other project team members were Seattle Structural (structural engineer), Sparling (acoustical engineer), Emerald Aire (mechanical design-build) and Zorko Electric (electrical design-build).