Tuesday, June 01, 2004

NY Times

Seattle's Central Library is the most important new library to be built in a generation, and the most exhilarating. Rem Koolhaas has always been a better architect than social critic, and the building conveys a sense of the possibility, even the urgency, of public space in the center of a city. The design is not so much a rejection of traditional monumentality as a reinterpretation of it, and it celebrates the culture of the book as passionately, in its way, as does the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue. The Seattle building is thrilling from top to bottom. New Yorker

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