Bezos Center for Innovation opens in Seattle

Bezos Center for Innovation Building, Exhibition Space, MOHAI Seattle, Terry Ave N

Bezos Center for Innovation

Groundbreaking Exhibition at Museum of History and Industry, USA – design by Olson Kundig Architects

Mar 7, 2014

Bezos Center for Innovation opens in Seattle

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Location: MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109, USA

Design: Olson Kundig Architects

Seattle, WA – The Bezos Center for Innovation is now open at Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI). Generously supported by Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos, the Bezos Center for Innovation is a groundbreaking exhibition dedicated to the theme of innovation, featuring multimedia, interactive and hands-on experiences as well as artifacts, images and oral histories that explore Seattle’s creative history and ignite the innovator within.

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The 5,000 square foot exhibit is layered with rich narratives whose interactive nature facilitates discovery and enables visitors to become fully immersed in the creative process. The exhibition begins with the question, “What is innovation?” Alan Maskin, lead designer for the project notes, “The exhibit frames a dialogue around innovation—visitors have multiple opportunities to engage and offer their own perspectives…as part of the interactive experience visitors are invited to post innovation challenges, while future attendees will have the chance to write, draw, or build solutions to these posed problems—creating a crowdsourced collaboration and activating the collective conscious.”

Active participation permeates the Bezos Center experience. The “Idea Lab” invites visitors to communally identify and solve some of today’s most pressing challenges. In “We Shape our City,” visitors can take selfportraits in a photo booth and add their faces and ideas to the discussion. “Seattle Patent Tree” provides a threedimensional history of the Puget Sound region’s inventive spirit, allowing visitors to take away original concepts of their favorite “Made-In-Seattle” ideas. “Go Big!”—a 9’ x 12’ graphic novel—tells the history of Seattle-based organizations through five short stories about connecting, healing, working, shopping and moving, and “Launch Pad” encourages visitors to engage in an interactive exploration of the skills of innovation.

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Collectively, the exhibit examines themes related to the power of place, common traits of successful innovators, what it takes to fully realize a great idea, and whether all successful innovations yield positive results.

Bezos Center for Innovation – Building Information

Exhibit Design: Olson Kundig Architects (Alan Maskin, Design Principal; Stephen Yamada-Heidner, Project Manager; Marlene Chen, Project Architect)
Exhibit Design: Studio Matthews (Kristine Matthews, Graphic Design)
Exhibit Fabrication and Installation: Pacific Studio, BBI Engineering
Media Development: Stimulant, HRH Media
Project Management: Seneca Real Estate Group
Lighting Consultant: Jason Edling

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Bezos Center for Innovation images / information from Olson Kundig Architects

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Location: 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109, USA


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