When I was a kid, my brother and I spent a lot of time hanging out at the Seattle Public Library. Back then it was a fairly dingy behemoth: commonly institutional, dull and weather worn. Despite the offensive and frankly unfamiliar smells, my brother and I would huddle around the vets and drunks to watch Bruce Lee movies and adrenaline pumpers like APOCALYPSE NOW, RAMBO and THE DEER HUNTER. Back then the library had a collection of video discs that never ceased to awe.
I stopped by the new library when I was in Seattle; in addition to the open an inclusive environment, I found myself in an incredible civic commons, a work of seamless modern beauty and functionality. I couldn't stop taking pictures; here are a few.