Sunday, 25 May 2014

Seattle Public Library (OMA) _ Sara Ortiz Cortijo

The Seattle Public Library was designed by OMA and it was opened in 2004. It is an example of the new typology of libraries that have been designed in the last years. This typology is called "Library 2.0" and it came up from the need of the reinvention of the traditional libraries to adapt to the new technology era. Library 2.0 is no longer exclusively dedicated to books, it is an access point to information presented in a variety of media, all of them equally important.



From the outside, the building has an irregular profile. This is because in this proposal the "form" follows the "function" and not the opposite. We can recognise 5 platforms in which the building is divided. The vertical layering starts with the parking area in the base, the staff rooms, the digital media area, the books display area in the middle layers and the managing area above. Between them there are flexible spaces ¿? interfaces that create new programmatic opportunities. These spaces connect the platforms standing out among them are the living room, which has its own entrance from the street providing a public space for the city, and the mixing chamber, a space where the users can find all the media to search for information about the topic they are interesting in.



One of the most interesting features of the library is the "spiral of books". This spiral rises 4 levels and it is formed by a system of zigzag ramps that communicate the different themed collections.

Structurally, there are two systems that work together: perimeter trusses supported by inclined columns and a grid lattice of diamond-shaped steel that supports the glass covering curtain-wall construction of the facade which provides an interior flooded in natural light enables natural light to in the interior. 






Sara O.
 
The Seattle Public Library was designed by OMA and it was opened in 2004. It is an example of the new typology of libraries that are been designed in the last years. This typology is called "Library 2.0" and it came up from the need of the reinvention of the traditional libraries to adapt to the new technology era. Library 2.0 is no longer exclusively dedicated to books, it is an access point to information presented in a variety of media, all of them equally important.

From the outside, the building has an irregular profile. This is because in this proposal the "form" follows the "function" and not the opposite. We can recognise 5 platforms in which the building is divided: the parking area, the staff rooms, the digital media area, the books display area and the managing area. Between them there are flexible spaces that connect the platforms standing out among them: the living room, which has its own entrance from the street providing a public space for the city, and the mixing chamber, a space where the users can find all the media to search for information about the topic they are interesting in.

One of the most interesting features of the library is the "spiral of books". This spiral rises 4 levels and it is formed by a system of zigzag ramps that communicate the different themed collections.

Structurally, there are two systems that work together: perimeter trusses supported by inclined columns and a grid of diamond-shaped steel that supports the glass covering curtain construction of the facade which enables natural light in the interior.

1 comment:

  1. It's a clear description of a building that is perhaps difficult to understand at first glance. The description is aided by the images, and the one of the spiral ramp is particularly helpful. There was some useful language in the part on Congrexpo which we looked at on the third day which might have helped you with the language used to describe architects like Koolhaas who are 'so comfortable with the architecture of the future.'

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