Seattle Central Library
1000 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
Map of Location
Architect: OMA and LMN
Structural Engineer: ARUP/ Magusson Klemencic Associates
Awards: 2005 Honor Award for Outstanding Architecture, 2005 Outstanding Library Building Award, and 2005 Platinum Award for Innovation and Engineering
Due to the complex geometry of the building “the architect of the facade evolved through several highly distinct iterations including several metal and glass cladding configurations”(1) Below are some sketches of the different iterations.
“To favor an organic approach the book spiral arranges the volumes on a continuous ribbon of shelves.”(2)
Below are some interior shots: specifically the greeting escalator and the 2nd floor. Both show the unique use of color in the spaces.
Case study by: Sarah Turner
ARE 320K, Fall 2010
Other Sources(UT Library)
(1) “OMA/LMN- Seattle Central Library.” A+U Journal. Jan. 2005 n.1, v. 412: 150-167
(2) “Genetic Algorithm.” Lotus International. 2006 n.127: 52-65