The New Seattle Library–a dissenting view

The Web is awash with starry-eyed reviews of Koolhaas’ new Seattle Public Library building, and how oh-so-high tech it looks. Bringing it all down a few notches is my favorite curmudgeon, James Howard Kunstler:

Eyesore of the Month: “Koolhaas has named this top floor salon ‘the living room,’ an interesing confusion of typology. Guess what? This is not your home. This is a place of public assembly. But guess what also? There’s only enough furniture for five people to sit down. It’s not a reading room (no chairs and tables). It’s not a lecture room (slanted atrium ceiling can’t be darkened.) What the fuck is it?”

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