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  • "OMA. Seattle Central Library."
    -- "Windowless hallways, sheated in shiny, gore-red plastic, like a monstrous intestine designed for Ian Scharger." (Matthew Stadler, Michael Sanchez, dom871_04.06.03)
    • "Architecture Without Artistry."
      -- "These attitudes may account for why so many projects have withered as clients couldn't persuade themselves to go the distance." (James S Russell, arec_04.07)
    • "Seattle's Central Library kindles book lust."
      -- "Can you judge this book by its cover." (Sheri Olson, arec_04.07)  
    • "Mixing with the Kool Crowd."
      -- "Have architecture critics forgotten how to judge public spaces?" (Benjamin Fried, pps_04.07.00)


  • "The Library That Puts on Fishnets and Hits the Disco"
    -- "In more than 30 years writing about architecture, this is the most exciting new building it has been my honor to review."(Herbert Muschamp, nyt_04.05.16)
    • "High-Tech Bibliophilia"
      -- "For years, Koolhaas has been ranting about how traditional cities don't matter anymore, and how the rise of new technologies has made public space obsolete ..." (Paul Goldberger, ny'er_04.05.17)
    • "The Library Rem Koolhaas almost didn't get the chance to design."
      -- "The library board began its brief visit to Europe less than a week after the advisory citizens committee on architect selection deadlocked, with half recommending American architect Steven Holl, half recommending Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas." (John Douglas Marshall, spi_04.05.23)
    • "Avant-garde architect reinvents Seattle's new Library."
      -- " 'Koolhaas is something,' Gehry said. 'His ideas. He's beyond what I'm doing. He's really something.' " (Rosemarie Buchanan, st_04.05.17)
    • "The real star of Seattle's Central Library? ..."
      -- " What about the books? It's all about big architecture." (Michael Upchurch, st_04.05.23)
    • "Koolhaas designed $165M Seattle library to open today: Architectural landmark."
      -- " ... -- it seems blessed by a too often unmentioned ingredient to architectural success: luck." (Randy Gragg, oreg_04.05.24)
    • "Meet your new Central Library."
      -- " 'Read the building' he urges. "The last thing we tried to do was make an object." (Joshua Ramus, Office of Metropolitan Architecture, in William Dietrich, st_04.04.25)

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