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Seattle Central Library

Seattle Attractions--Downtown Architecture

Seattle Central Library

Completed 2004

Architects:  Rem Koolhaas and Joshua Ramus

Architectural Firms: Office for Metropolitan Architecture and LMN Architects

1000 4th Avenue



Recommended Book
Photo Gallery Page 1--Exterior Views & Coffee Shop
Photo Gallery Page 2--Interior Views
Photo Gallery Page 3--Interior Views



A required activity for architecture lovers and avid photographers is a tour of this architectural masterpiece. Seattle Central Library looks like a giant spaceship that just landed or an Erector Set on steroids. This striking 11-story building is interesting on the outside and the inside. Visitors flock to the library.  It is a dramatic building set in the middle of Seattle’s beautiful downtown.

Construction details:

Some of the building features include:

Seattle Central Library View from Fifth Avenue

View from Fifth Avenue


For photographers, this building is a destination you must visit.  The Seattle Central Library offers a dizzying array of great viewpoints both outside and inside.  Go up to the tenth floor, the highest point for visitors to view the library.  The panoramic views from this perch are splendid.  The psychedelic yellow escalators make great subjects for photos.

10th Floor View in the Seattle Central Library

View from 10th floor


Architectural tours: the Library does offer architectural tours. Check on the library's website page for more details about the tours.


Website: click this linkto go to the website for the Seattle Central Library


Hours: the Library is open daily at 10:00 a.m. until 8 p.m. for Monday through Thursday. It is open 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Sunday hours are noon until 6 p.m.


Recommended Book: OMA Seattle Public Library

OMA Book about Seattle Library

Please click here to read our detailed book review and to buy the book


Seattle Central Library Living Room

Entrance to Third Level from Fifth Avenue


Seattle Central Library Carpet

The Beautiful Carpeting in the Third Level Reading Area


Click on the following links to go to our Photo Gallery pages with more photos and information about the library.


Photo Gallery Contents
Page One Exterior Shots and Coffee Shop
Page Two Interior Shots
Page Three

Interior Shots


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