This is the third installment in a series of blogs regarding famous tourist spots in Seattle, the Emerald City. When you are in downtown Seattle, pay a visit to the Seattle Central Library, one of the most recognizable landmarks in the city. Located on 1000 Fourth Avenue, it was opened to the public on May 23, 2004. A spectacular 11-storied building of steel and glass, it has become a major tourist attraction among domestic as well as international travelers. In the year that it opened, two million people visited the library.
The Seattle Central Library is unique due to a number of features. First, the overall feel of the place is light, airy and inviting, as opposed to the dark and stuffy atmosphere of traditional libraries. The architects, one of whom is the famed Rem Koolhaas, specifically designed this library with this concept in mind.
Another innovative feature of this library is its system of classifying non-fiction books. A continuous ramp comprised of four floors contains the shelves of these books. This “Book Spiral” enables users to browse for books from different categories without having to go to a different floor or section of the library.
The Seattle Central Library is perhaps best known for its environmentally friendly and sustainable design. Examples can be found throughout the building. The glass exterior lets in abundant natural light, decreasing the necessity for artificial light. Natural materials are used whenever possible, such as the bamboo floors that are found in the Children’s Center. The library shelves are made from 80-90 percent recycled materials.
Go and check out the state-of-the-art Seattle Central Library for yourself. It is a wonderful way to spend a leisurely afternoon in this vibrant city.
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