Seattle Central Library houses a mind boggling amount of books. 1 million(+) of them to be exact, placed upon 9,906 shelves. I’ve personally checked out quite a few hiking and photography books from the extensive collection. The Central Library is about more than just its books and digital collections, the building itself is an architectural beauty. Standing 11 stories tall the Rem Koolhaas designed building is so odd, and so lovely that one struggles to find a metaphor to explain it.
Diamond shaped windows soar overhead jetting out every which way, casting mirror like shadows across everything below. There is an entire floor painted red, and electric yellow escalators. Viewpoints abound welcoming visitors to explore and experience. Honestly its easy to loose sight of the fact that your inside a library at times, that is until you enter the general stacks. The ‘Book Spiral’ winds continuously up four floors through a series of shelves without requiring the use of stairs or elevators to move about. It is here the seamless functionality of the Central Library shines.
Easily one of my favorite places to photograph in Seattle, I’ve spent countless hours lost within its confines. Over time I’ve amassed quite a collection of images. This is the first installment of a recurring series showcasing the wonder that is the Seattle Central Library.