Seattle Central Library

Named as a Time Magazine ‘Building of the Year’, Seattle Central Library is composed of five platforms made to resemble an uneven stack of books. Instead of being aligned directly on top of one another, the platforms are positioned off center to provide expansive views, create airy spaces, and allow more natural light.

Size:406,000 SF
Location:Seattle, Washington
Contractor:Hoffman Corporation
Architect:Office of Metropolitan Architecture
Owner(s):Seattle Public Library
Cost:$107,000,000
Awards:Building of the Year, Time Magazine Platinum Building Team Project Award Civic Enrichment Project 2004