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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Continuing our Play-Tourist-in-Seattle tour, after
the Smith Tower we walked up to the Seattle
Central Library to admire its architecture.  The
library opened in 2004 and was a great
improvement on the ugly 1960s monstrosity it
replaced.  The lead designer was world-renowned
architect, Rem Koolhaas, from the Netherlands.  
The experience of walking through the building is
like no other.  You don't feel like you are in a
building.  You expect at any moment that the
building will lift off into space.  There's a small gift
shop for visitors, where I bought a collection of
Shakespeare insult pins.

After the architecture, my favorite features of the
library are the convenient and relatively cheap
underground parking, the excellent children's
section, the extensive collection of foreign
language books, and the bright yellow escalators
running up the interior of the building.

Photo Album

The Seattle Public Library
About the Central Library

Who is Rem Koolhaas?

by Bob Kelly
Nye Beach
Seattle Central Library from 4th and Madison
Close up of the exterior diamonds and the conflicting angles where they meet together
The building overhangs the front entry
Interior with high walls leaning into the room
Corner of the building with surfaces at many angles gathering together
The building's best viewpoint over the city
View of the building from 5th Avenue