This building pushes the limits of what a library should be like - designed by the renown architect, Rem Koolhaus.
Standing at the heart of downtown Seattle, the library’s exterior and interior feel very cogent and biological while having strong geometry and rigidity. The building feels very organic with strong distinguishing characteristics: the colors, textures, and shapes making up the architecture of the building make interesting photographic subjects. The outside is very angular and geometrical, while the inside is feels very soft.
Different sections of the library are separated by purpose. The top floor is meant for silent reading, and the furniture and spatial layout reflects that purpose. The spiral reading stack floors are uniquely designed to function logically and efficiently. The sections in the library are clearly separated but not distant. The transitions between spaces (red hallways) have a life of their own and invite passage through. It pushes the limitations of what a library could look like and feel like. All the floors and sections are interconnected with each other through the common indoor space.
It was the Amazon which I had longed for my whole life. And when it was finally a set deal that I will travel to Brazil with two of my best friends for the Copa do Mundo (World Cup), we really had to start our adventure in the Amazon. I had known about this magical place deep in the rainforest. There was a lodge run by local people of indigenous background, with wooden houses that float on the water and a limited number of visitors. It was eco-tourism as how it should be. To preserve and to celebrate one of the most impressive locations I have seen so far.
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