The new Seattle Central Library is opening in a few days. I’m looking forward to visiting. Like many, I am unsure about the unusual design—there are some amazing things about it, but until I get a chance to explore the place, I can’t really say whether I like it or not.
Herbert Muschamp of the New York Times has no such problem. He loves it. ” In more than 30 years of writing about architecture,” he says, “this is the most exciting new building it has been my honor to review.” He goes on to compare City Librarian Deborah Jacobs to “popes and princes as an instigator of fabulous cities.” Well, day-um.
“Stairs and escalators—vertical circulation—are painted bright chartreuse, except for a grand staircase that leads, through a mouthlike opening, to the public meeting rooms. These stairs are painted a yummy lipstick red, as are the cavernous corridors off which the meeting rooms open. We have, it seems, entered the body politic with a good deal of passion.”
There is also a slide show of library photos, linked from the right sidebar. I really like the floormats with Dewey Decimal Numbers in the Book Spiral—it’s going to be so easy to find things!