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Seattle Central Library
The Seattle Public Library


Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
curtain wall




  • Replaces the 1960's library located on the same site.
  • Level 5: Mixing Chamber, Reference Desk.
  • Principal architect: Rem Koolhaas.
  • The steel framing fabricating was done in Portland, OR and Vancouver, BC and then transported to the site.
  • Level 11: Administration offices, Atrium.
  • Capacity for more than 1.4 million books and materials.
  • Level 2: Staff Floor with Auditorium, Book Sorting, Loading Dock.
  • Level 8: Book Spiral, Atrium, Performance arts workspace.
  • July 2002: Construction 13 percent completed.
  • May 2003: last steel beam lifted into place May 7th.
  • Level 3: Living Room with Teen Center, Fiction, coffee stand, Fifth Avenue entrance.
  • Level 9: Book Spiral, Atrium, Map Collection, Special Collection.
  • The building occupies a full block site.
  • December 2002: Steel erection began.
  • Level 1: Fourth Avenue entrance with ESL/World languages, Children's Center, Auditorium.
  • Level 7: Book Spiral, Atrium, Aviation room.
  • This building was recognized with a 2004 Honor Award for Washington Architecture by the American Institute of Architects - Seattle Chapter.
  • April 2002: Excavation and shoring work completed.
  • May 2003: building construction 50% completed.
  • Level 4: Assembly.
  • Level 10: Reading Room with seating for 400 (12,000 square feet) and glass sloping ceilings 40 feet high.
  • October 2002: Concrete structure completed.
  • Grand Opening ceremonies Sunday, May 23, 2004.
  • Level 6: Book Spiral and Atrium.
  • Under Level 1 is parking for 143 vehicles.
  • In 2005 the building won an Honor Award for Outstanding Architecture from the American Institute of Architects national body.

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1000 Fourth Avenue
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196.00 ft
185.01 ft
239.99 ft
239.99 ft

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Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • City landmark
  • Reading room is available
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