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Release Date: 01/10/2005

Seattle's Central Library received AIA Honor Award for Outstanding Architecture

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Seattle's Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., is a 2005 recipient of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honor Award for Outstanding Architecture. The Central Library was among 13 winners of the prestigious award.


The shimmering steel and glass Central Library was designed by OMA/LMN Architects. The 11-level building opened May 23, 2004 to more than 26,000 eager library patrons. Last month it drew nearly 10,000 patrons a day and circulation was up 54 percent.


City Librarian Deborah L. Jacobs said Library officials, Library staff members and the entire architectural team were thrilled to receive news of the award. The Central Library also was Time magazine's top architectural pick for 2004.


"The Central Library is one of the most remarkable buildings in the world and you don't even need a reservation to get in," Jacobs emphasized. "It's beautiful and functional."


Architecture Jury Chair Thomas W. Ventulett, III, FAIA said there were more than 400 entries considered for Outstanding Architecture. "The recipient projects varied dramatically in program, complexity, scale, site, and typology," he said. "Yet each presented a sensitive and inventive response to its distinct location and special program. Whether a barn or a great urban library, a house or a beautiful church, a small sauna or a unique museum created within a burned out shell of an old flour mill, each illustrated a spirit and ingenuity that inspires both the user and the viewer."


The award will be presented to the Library at the AIA 2005 National Convention and Design Expo May 19 in Las Vegas.


For more information at the Central Library visit www.spl.org, or call 206-386-4636. The Library offers several guided tours of the building daily.


For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director
206-386-4103


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