|SEATTLE CENTRAL LIBRARY
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.
The Seattle Public Library
About the Central Library
Who is Rem Koolhaas?
by Bob Kelly