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"Seattle Central Library (Design)" Central Library Tip by GuthrieColin

Central Library, Seattle: 5 reviews and 16 photos

  4th and Madison
by GuthrieColin
  • 4th and Madison - Seattle
      4th and Madison
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  • 4th and Spring - Seattle
      4th and Spring
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  • 4th and Madison - Seattle
      4th and Madison
    by GuthrieColin

Reaction to the Seattle Central Library has been mixed among the public and critics but in 2007 the building was voted # 108 in the AIA’s list of 150 favorite structures in the US (only 3 years after it was built). It has about 8,000 visitors per day and roughly 30% of those are from out of town.
The building is 11 stories or 185 feet (56 meters) tall and just over 350 thousand square feet. It was designed by renowned architect Rem Koolhaas and Joshua Ramus as a 5 platform building suspended on a concrete core. The buildings different platforms contain individual floors but are treated as one unit in the stacking. Great care was taken in the connections between floors and alternating surfaces that make up the exterior glass wall. It is truly a unique and interesting building no mater what one thinks about its architecture.

Address: 1000 Fourth Ave. Seattle, WA 98104
Directions: The block bounded by Fourth and Fifth Avenues and Madison and Spring Streets
Phone: 206-386-4636

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 8, 2007
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