Digging Into the Stacks at the Central Library in Seattle
Since it opened in 2004, the Seattle Central Library, designed by deconstructivist architect Rem Koolhaas (and funded by Bill Gates' millions), has quickly become the city's most iconic public building, the crown jewel in the Seattle cityscape. Architecture buffs from all over the globe are ascend the neon yellow escalators and wander the trippy red halls of the fourth floor, putting it right up there with Pike Place Market as one of the town's top tourist attractions. Keep climbing a little higher to explore the Hugh and Jane Ferguson Seattle Room on Level Ten, where you can dig deeper into the history of the Emerald City. Here you’ll find rare maps, wonderful photos, and art works. It’s like sifting through the soul of the city with your own hands. All of your studying will be rewarded with a view of Elliot Bay out the wall of diamond-shaped windows.
Architect: Rem Koolhaas and Joshua Prince-Ramus; Completed: 2005