Location: Seattle, WA
Size: 406,000 SF
Architect: Office of Metropolitan Architecture (Rem Koolhaas) and LMN Architects, a joint venture
Client: Seattle Public Library
Cost: $107,000,000

The library, as visualized by renowned architect Rem Koolhaas, is a structure composed of five platforms made to resemble an uneven stack of books. Instead of being aligned directly on top of one another, the platforms have been repositioned off center to provide better views, create airy spaces, and allow more natural light into the building. The angular structure has cantilevered floors and is encased by a latticework of glass and aluminum.