In 1998, Seattle voted to improve all 22 branches of the Seattle Public Library. The location of the Central library stayed the same, but it was completely redeveloped by architectural visionaries Rem Koolhaas and Joshua Prince-Ramus. Adhering to the principle that ‘form follows function’, the architects created an accessible design that depicts and encourages the celebration of literature, with a thought-provoking, cutting edge aesthetic. Working closely with the public as well as the library’s board and staff, Koolhaas and Prince-Ramus revamped the entire library building, adding space and improved function to an innovative, contemporary design. The library now houses over one million items with an improved digital archive and over 400 computers.
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