LMN Architects

Seattle Central Library

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The Seattle Central Library is the flagship of the Seattle Public Library system. Innovative in both form and function, the contemporary, glass and steel building is the third central library to occupy the city block between Fourth and Fifth Avenues.


Designed with growth in mind, the 11-story Central Library has the capacity for more than 1.5 million books and materials (compared to 900,000 in the old building). It also has moved into the digital age with more than 400 computers for public use (compared to 75 previously) as well as wireless Internet access.


The design objective, by Rem Koolhaas and Joshua Ramus, in partnership with LMN, was to create a building that honors books, and at same time, is very forward-looking to reflect major technological advances in the information business.


Seattle, Washington


Completed 2004


353,425 sf

Associate Architect

Office for Metropolitan Architecture

801 Second Avenue, Suite 501
Seattle, Washington 98104

T 206 682 3460
F 206 343 9388
Developed by Keolo Keagy for 64North

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