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Seattle Public Library

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Seattle Public Library
Library
2004 Seattle, Washington

Central Library
1000 Fourth Ave Seattle, WA 98104 - 1109
206-386-4636

website:www.spl.org

Architect : Rem Koolhaas [OMA]




The stacks, arranged along a continuous spiral ramp contained within a four-story slab, reinforce a sense of a world organized with machine-like precision...   - Nicolai Ouroussoff /Topic :Los Angeles Times
The new Seattle Public Library houses the library's main collection of books, government publications, periodicals, audio visual materials and the technology to access and distribute information from the physical collection online. The building is divided into eight horizontal layers, each varying in size to fit its function. A structural steel and glass skin unifies the multifaceted form and defines the public spaces in-between.
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d0079151_1362132.jpgThe library sits on a steep urban site with a 29-foot (8.8-meter) height difference between its boundaries on Fourth and Fifth Avenues. At the corner of Fifth and Madison, the wedge-shaped base of the library diminishes nearly to a point. A further dramatic change of scale occurs at the Fifth Avenue entrance to the building. The visitor enters a vast "Living Room," a large unprogrammed space that offers Seattleites an alternative to brand-name coffee shops as a place to relax, socialize, read, and connect wirelessly to the Internet. Situated on a sloping site between 4th and 5th street the new library will have entrances on both street levels.The entrance level on 4th Street, one of Seattle's main thoroughfares, houses the Children's Library and foreign-language resources.

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Continuous Collection Image courtesy OMA 2000 / Koolhaas sees the new library as a custodian of the book, a showcase for new information, a place for thought, discussion and reflection - a dynamic presence.
The fact that the contents of a whole library can be stored on a single chip, or the fact that a single library can now store the digital content of all libraries, together represent potential rethinking: new forms of storage enable the space dedicated to real books to be contained; new forms of reading enhance the aura of the real book. Our first operation has been the "combining" and consolidation of the apparently ungovernable proliferation of programs and media. By combining like with like, we have identified five platforms, each a programmatic cluster that is architecturally defined and equipped for maximum, dedicated performance. Because each platform is designed for a unique purpose, they are different in size, density, opacity.The in-between spaces are like trading floors where librarians inform and stimulate, where the interface between the different platforms is organized - spaces for work, interaction, and play. (And reading).
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by another29 | 2005-06-27 01:28 | □Architecture

UN Studio

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UN Studio
Architect
Netherlands

+Ben Van Berkel [born 1957 Utreht]
+Caroline Bos [born 1959 Rotterdam]


Stadhouderskade 113 PO Box 75381 1070 AJ
Amsterdam The Netherlands

website: www.unstudio.com


UNStudio is a Dutch architectural practice specializing in architecture, urban development and infrastructural projects. The practice was founded in 1998 by Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos. The name UNStudio stands for United Network, referring to the collaborative nature of the practice. The office comprises individuals from all over the world with backgrounds and technical training in numerous fields. UNStudio has an average work-force of 60 employees and a management team made up of two directors, one partner and two associates.

Based in Amsterdam, UNStudio has worked internationally since its inception and has produced a wide range of work ranging from public buildings, infrastructure, offices, living, products, to urban masterplans. Pivotal UNStudio projects within these fields include: the New Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart (2001-2006), the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam (1990-1996), the Office complex La Defense in Almere (1999-2004).


Galleria department Store 2002-2004 Seoul,South-Korea
The facade of the store is made up of 4,330 glass discs that are lit by LED light at night.
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by another29 | 2005-06-07 01:39 | □Architect

Louise Bourgeois

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Louise Bourgeois
Artist
born 1911 Paris,France

Special Exhibition: Tate Modern
Unilever Series


She entered the Sorbonne to study mathmatics in 1932 but turned to art the next year, enrolling at severl art schools, including the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris,in addition to apprenticing in studios in Montparnasse and Montmartre.



Maman Recentry most world famous works : New York/Tokyo/London/etc...
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Her works are sometimes abstract and she speaks of them in symbolic terms, and the main focus is "relationships" - considering an entity in relation to its surroundings. Louise Bourgeois finds inspiration for her works from her childhood: her adulterous father, who had an affair with her governess (who resided in the home), and her mother, who refused to acknowledge it. She claims that she has been the "striking-image" of her father since birth. Bourgeois conveys feelings of anger, betrayal and jealousy, but with playfulness. Her earliest exhibition, in 1947, consisted of tunnel sculptures and wooden figures, including The Winged Figure (1948). Despite early success in that show, with one of the works being purchased for the Museum of Modern Art, Bourgeois was subsequently ignored by the art market during the fifties and sixties. It was in the seventies, after the deaths of her husband and father, that she became one of the most successful living artists . In her sculpture, she has worked in many different mediums, including rubber, wood, stone, metal, and appropriately for someone who came from a family of tapestry makers, fabric. Some of her pieces consisted of erotic and sexual images, with a motif of "cumuls" (she named the round figures such because they reminded her of cumulus clouds). Her most famous works are possibly the spider structures, titled Maman, from the last dozen years. Today, she continues to work, having one of the longest careers of any artist.


Cell Glass,spheres and hands 1990-1993
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by another29 | 2005-06-03 14:34 | □Product