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The Seattly Library

Before leaving Vancouver and going to Seattle this post should have been a presentation of the New Modern Library in Surrey, near Vancouver.
The building was high on the list of Craig’s highlights and places to visit, but as you already know, there are too many highlights in Vancouver and the visit of the library perished in our tight schedule.

But….. in Seattle we could compensate this lack of literature by visiting two libraries.

I did remember that the world famous Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas designed a library in one of the cities of the west coast of the USA.
And this happened to be Seattle.
Walking through 4th Avenue I immediately recognized the outspoken design of Rem Koolhaas.
The main picture shows the architecture of the exterior. The two workshops give an impression of the interior and the relaxed atmosphere inside.

Lars inspecting one of the readingrooms
Relaxed Reading


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Exposure Time: 1/80 sec
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Date Taken: 2017-07-31 17:44
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The Seattle Public Library's Central Library is the flagship library of The Seattle Public Library system. The 11-story (185 feet or 56.9 meters high) glass and steel building in downtown Seattle, Washington was opened to the public on Sunday, May 23, 2004. Rem Koolhaas and Joshua Prince-Ramus of OMA/LMN were the principal architects, Magnusson Klemencic Associates was the structural engineer with Arup; Arup also provided mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering, as well as, fire/life safety, security, IT and communications, and audio visual consulting; and Hoffman Construction Company of Portland, Oregon, was the general contractor. The 362,987 square feet (33,722.6 m2) public library can hold about 1.45 million books and other materials, features underground public parking for 143 vehicles, and includes over 400 computers open to the public. Over 2 million individuals visited the new library in its first year. It is the third Seattle Central Library building to be located on the same site at 1000 Fourth Avenue, the block bounded by Fourth and Fifth Avenues and Madison and Spring Streets. The library has a unique, striking appearance, consisting of several discrete "floating platforms" seemingly wrapped in a large steel net around glass skin. Architectural tours of the building began in June 2004. Wikipedia

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