Wednesday, May 12, 2010
OMA Seattle Public Library
OMA’s strategy for dividing the building into spatial compartments dedicated to and equipped for specific duties, involved the analysis of existing library data and facility spatial requirements in bar charts to determine the percentages allocated to each requirement, followed by the reduction of this information into key themes, and then rearrangement into five distinct categories. These categories then became compartments, each dedicated to a specific role, and a concept for building form, when stacked vertically.
The library is an appropriate example of the ‘in-between’ public building – neither its height nor width define its form.