|Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)'s Seattle Central Library|
|Friday, 12 October 2007 03:24|
Architect Rem Koolhaas of The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) designed a definite city Landmark. The Seattle Central Library is a delightful experience rich with volumes and spaces that reveal themselves differently depending on the position they are viewed from. Interesting to know that the main form givers are the functionality of the Library and the site restrictions.
Architect Joshua Ramus, partner at the Rem Koolhaas-led Office for Metropolitan Architecture explains: "Although the library is sculptural, it is not in any way an attempt to make a form. The library's appearance comes from pushing boxes around to stay within the height and setback restrictions and zoning codes."
The Seattle Central Library is situated at the corner of a block in the centre of Seattle. On 412.000 sf, it accommodates an auditorium, a reading room, a mixing chamber, a living room, a staff floor, a children's play area and meeting places. The program is organized in terms of platforms which are connected by escalators and elevators.
In these days when Information is at accessible through numerous medias, especially the Internet, the role of public libraries need to be reexamined. As explained by the Architects, the ambition is to redefine and reinvent the Library as an institution no longer exclusively dedicated to the book, but as an information store, where all media - new and old - are presented under a regime of new equalities. In an age where information can be accessed anywhere, it is the simultaneity of all media and the professionalism of their presentation and interaction, that will make the Library new.
The fact that the contents of a whole library can be stored on a single chip, or the fact that a single library can now store the digital content of all libraries, together represent a potential for re-thinking: new forms of storage enable the space dedicated to real books to be contained, and new forms of reading enhance the aura of the real book.
The program was `combined` and consolidated to identify five platforms within the apparently ungovernable proliferation of functions and media - each platform a programmatic cluster that is architecturally defined and equipped for optimal performance, with different sizes, densities, opacities.
Both innovative and bold, this projects brought the important issue of the role of the Library in the Information Age. The ideas of the Architects help to embrace the new Technologies while giving the traditional medias the respect that they deserve.
All Pictures by Philippe Ruault
SEATTLE CENTRAL LIBRARY
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