October 18, 2007

the other library in Seattle


The Douglass-Truth branch of the Seattle Public Library has recently been expanded by Schacht Aslani Architects combining historic and contemporary architecture. The design creates a striking composition with its sculptural copper shape in contrast to the landmark 1914 building. Previously an icon of the city’s Jewish neighborhood, the museum today sits in the center of Seattle's African American community and also houses the Northwest's largest collection of black literature.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's not just this branch that has got a great architectural facelift recently-- many of the branches in the city have, including a snazzy new Capitol Hill building and a nice one in Montlake among others. The Central branch gets all the press, but the SPL system is really making a difference in the architectural landscape of the city and its neighborhoods.

Shanella said...

I'm feelin the seemingly textured facade and how it works with the box of light, the contrast.

holz said...

i have been to the library a few times, a co-worker of mine worked on this.

the interior is awful. i think all the money went into putting the library underground (a very euorpean response) and utilizing a copper facade.

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