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Seattle Public Library
Rem Koolhaas
G.SIDDHARTH
12RBAR033
Architect :
Rem koolhaas,OMA,
Joshua PrinceRamus, LMN Architects
Location :
Seattle, Washington, United States
Land area -...
Concept:
• The concept involves the
reinvention of the library as an
access point to information
presented in a variety of...
• This form of flexibility , the library strangles the very attractions that
differentiate it from other information resou...
Paces:
• Inside the building, a spiral structure provides a continuous surface with
coated side shelves that offer differe...
• The Book Spiral implies a reclamation of the much-compromised Dewey
Decimal System. By arranging the collection in a con...
• The main feature of the interior is its large public spaces and leisure
reading , illuminated with natural light coming ...
• Also noteworthy plants collections , consisting of a ramp that goes over 4
floors . All Areas bind with brightly colored...
• The building is covered by a striking glass and steel structure .
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Seattle public library

  1. 1. Seattle Public Library Rem Koolhaas G.SIDDHARTH 12RBAR033
  2. 2. Architect : Rem koolhaas,OMA, Joshua PrinceRamus, LMN Architects Location : Seattle, Washington, United States Land area - 33.723 sq.m Floors - 11+1 basement level Years of construction – 1999 to 2004 Budget - US $169.2 Million Introduction: • The design of the architect 's career clinched Rem Koolhaas,because it is an impressive building that combines futuristic lines with the functionality of a library. • From the outside , you can see a large glass building , straight lines that intersect. It is articulated by large blocks at different levels corresponding to the library premises . • The " spiral " , was a new way of delivering books to customers within a library system . Instead of books on different shelves and floors, the spiral inclined allowed a continuous row of books that make them " easy to navigate " .
  3. 3. Concept: • The concept involves the reinvention of the library as an access point to information presented in a variety of media • "The new library does not reinvent or modernize traditional , they are just packaged in a new way ," explain in the OMA study. • Koolhaas applied its interpretation of the feature set and architecture for the project that the building would be flexible for future expansions. • Flexibility in contemporary libraries is conceived as the creation of generic floors on which almost any activity can be developed.
  4. 4. • This form of flexibility , the library strangles the very attractions that differentiate it from other information resources . • Instead of its current ambiguous flexibility , the library could cultivate a more refined approach in organizing spatial compartments, each dedicated to and equipped for specific services.
  5. 5. Paces: • Inside the building, a spiral structure provides a continuous surface with coated side shelves that offer different themed collections. These ramps are supported on slender columns constructed economically . • The interior is divided into 5 distinguishable blocks from the outside : 1. the parking area , 2. public reading area 3. café deployed in the large atrium 4. main library space ,and reading rooms and 5. administration, all them culminates in a terrace on the roof. • The third floor of the library is called "living room ".
  6. 6. • The Book Spiral implies a reclamation of the much-compromised Dewey Decimal System. By arranging the collection in a continuous ribbon— running from 000 to 999—the subjects form a coexistence that approaches the organic; each evolves relative to the others, occupying more or less space on the ribbon, but never forcing a rupture.
  7. 7. • The main feature of the interior is its large public spaces and leisure reading , illuminated with natural light coming through the glass walls .
  8. 8. • Also noteworthy plants collections , consisting of a ramp that goes over 4 floors . All Areas bind with brightly colored escalators (except collections ) , and the furniture and objects are modern and colorful design .
  9. 9. • The building is covered by a striking glass and steel structure .

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