Seattle downtown library redux

(Last Updated On: April 21, 2020)

Even though I’ve been in meetings at the downtown library the last couple days and Lane has gone over to check it out on his own, I insist that we visit again so I can take a set of replacement pictures. . . just in case the lost images from Thursday can’t be retrieved!

It’s a 2004 Rem Koolhaas and Joshua Ramus structure that is more striking viewed from some directions than others.

Really really red spaces

I’ve spent most of my time here in meetings on the red floor – which is cool and funky, but a little unrelentingly red.

It’s also well-hidden. (Lane hadn’t discovered it in his wandering through the building.)

Lime green (and yellow) spaces too

Towering light-filled courtyards

This is the first time I’ve actually walked through much of the space when it was open to the public. I’m initially shocked by how busy the place is – every space seems to be in use. It takes me a minute to realize why: During business hours this might serve as the city’s largest homeless shelter. Everyone seems settled in and quiet though and the building itself is extraordinary, with its odd angles and glowing neon colors.

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