20 Libraries So Beautiful They'll Bring Out the Bookworm in Everyone

courtesy of The Seattle Public Library

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Seattle Public Library’s Central Library

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The philosophy of architects Rem Koolhaas and Joshua Prince-Ramus of OMA/LMN was to let the interior function dictate the exterior’s design. The result is a futuristic glass façade and a unique book spiral: bibliophiles browse the library’s nonfiction collection by following the gently inclined floor as it spirals up four stories. Ample daylight, inviting spaces to read and work, hundreds of computers, and bold interior design elements make this a decidedly 21st-century library. Open daily.

20 Libraries So Beautiful They'll Bring Out the Bookworm in Everyone

Seattle Public Library’s Central Library

The philosophy of architects Rem Koolhaas and Joshua Prince-Ramus of OMA/LMN was to let the interior function dictate the exterior’s design. The result is a futuristic glass façade and a unique book spiral: bibliophiles browse the library’s nonfiction collection by following the gently inclined floor as it spirals up four stories. Ample daylight, inviting spaces to read and work, hundreds of computers, and bold interior design elements make this a decidedly 21st-century library. Open daily.

courtesy of The Seattle Public Library
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