REM KOOLHAAS' SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Funding for the new Seattle Central Library building was provided by a $196.4 million bond issue approved by Seattle voters on November 3, 1998. The project also received a $20 million donation from Bill Gates.
The Seattle Public Library's Central Library is an 11-story (56 mtr.) glass and steel building in downtown Seattle. It 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 and Arup were the structural engineers and Hoffman Construction Company of Portland, Oregon, was the general contractor. The 34,000 m² public library can hold about 1.45 million books and other materials, has 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.
All photographs (c) Alan Ainsworth Photography 2014
Thanks, Alan. I love the weather-beaten proud faces of the men and the compositions which direct our interest without concern for classic horizons.
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