Seattle Japanese Garden Entry Structure and Plaza

Seattle, WA


Salvaged from the original entry, a large stone at an arrival courtyard marks the transition into the Japanese Garden at the Washington Park Arboretum.

Entry Gate and Plaza
1,500 sq ft

  • Client:Seattle Parks and Recreation, Japanese Garden Advisory Board, Arboretum Foundation
  • Landscape Architect:Nakano Associates
  • Gate Design:Gerard Tsutakawa
  • Photography (4th Image Only):David Rosen

A variety of spaces were required, including a gate structure, a ticketing booth, a meeting room, restrooms and maintenance spaces. An arrival courtyard provides subtle views into the garden while also providing a resting area for visitors.


Conceptually, the spaces in the entry structure are separate elements that are tied together by the roof.


The series of buildings are grouped in a way to reinforce the space of the arrival courtyard.


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