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Entrant Name
Olson Kundig Architects

Design Team
Design Principal: Alan Maskin Managing Principal: Stephen Yamada-Heidner Project Manager: Marlene Chen

Graphic Design, Studio Matthews Illustrator, Shawn White Illustrator, Daphne Hsu Content Development & Label Writing, Ellipse Studio Multimedia Design & Development, BBI Engineering Multimedia Design & Development, Stimulant Multimedia Design & Development, Weatherhead Experience Design Lighting Design, ARUP Video Production, HRH Media Focus Testing, Audience Focus Acoustical Engineer, BRC Acoustics Graphic Production, Brown Bag Creative Research, Margaret O’Mara, University of Washington Research, Lorraine McConaghy, MOHAI

Owner / Client
Museum of History & Industry

Bezos Center for Innovation, Museum of History & Industry

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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 culture of innovation.

Located within The Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), the mission behind the Bezos Center is to educate visitors about Seattle’s creative history and ignite the innovator within. 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?”

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 self-portraits in a photo booth and add their faces and ideas to the discussion. Seattle Patent Tree provides a three-dimensional 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 as they unleash the innovator within.

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.