Eclectic Curiosity

Posted on August 9th, 2004, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Uncategorized. No Comments

A rave Architecture Magazine review of the new Rem Koolhaus designed public library in Seattle. Criticisms from the design and construction phases of the audacious new building are raised and presented against current praise for the space now that it has opened. The Seattle Public Library was designed with several new innovations: only one-third of the space set out for book stacks (to offset obsolesence, if it happens), a 3% grade spiral instead of separate floors, hundreds of computer stations, a reinterpretation of the traditional reference desk (it contains: the “Mixing Chamber,” a trading floor of information where reference librarians roam freely and work one-on-one with patrons, communicating with colleagues by wireless devicesa), and topped with a cozy reading treehouse.

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