May 28, 2009
Video: OMA's Joshua Prince-Ramus on Seattle's Public Library
OMA can be very hit and miss when I see their designs and proposals. Often I find the huge scale and complexity of their projects leads to spaces that I wouldn't feel comfortable in and often the have little to do with historical context and environmental conditions. However, after visiting the Seattle Public Library I gained a new found respect for the firm and their public works. The Library is fantastic. Its fun, playful and full of discovery. Materials are used in innovative ways as is the entire concept of what a Library is. This lecture touches on a few of OMA's recent projects and gives a great description of the design process behind these buildings.