A major mixed-use development for Mercer Island’s central business district, Island Square was developed under special design guidelines intended to create intimate “people” spaces within a shopping district that encourage pedestrian use while also providing building residents with a sense of neighborhood identity. Details include textured pavements, courtyard water features, raised planting beds, and places for outdoor seating to activate the sidewalk.
The Beyer Sculpture Court, fronting 78th Avenue SE and SE 28th Street, defines the most prominent corner of the Island Square development. This intersection, at the heart of Mercer Island’s main pedestrian street, gave Atelier the opportunity to relocate an existing sculpture by Richard Beyer. The bench-height black granite sculpture base invites strolling pedestrians to sit and interact with the sculpture. Architectural elements are softened with sliced “black granite eggs”, whose highly polished cut faces mirror the surrounding landscape and reflect light.