Seattle Central Library


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.

written by k4ren on 2009-05-05 #places #urban #building #abstract #organic #library #modern #seattle #location #architecture #rem-koolhaus


  1. stouf
    stouf ·

    YAAAY That's an awesome fisheye gallery !

  2. eyecon
    eyecon ·

    Yeah, can only agree! Time to reactivate mine again...

  3. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Great fisheye shots indeed!! :))

  4. d_i_hunter
    d_i_hunter ·

    Yeah, the fisheye really makes it look extra funky. And no books??!

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