Do the entrance and streetwalls display the same kind of ingenuity as the rest of the building? I've heard complaints that the Seattle Public Library is perhaps too insulated from the rest of the city and that it has created a dead zone around it due to the fact that the face it presents to the street is mainly nothing but a wall of glass. True? False?
I can't say I'm the building's biggest fan, so I don't really understand the hype around this building. It's not extremely pretty, not too impressive, doesn't look very friendly, nor does it seem like it blends well with its surroundings, and in my opinion (and it might be a little offensive to those who love it, so don't take this to heart), it looks a little bit like a jail with a carpark (especially in that night picture), and in the daytime pictures, a bit like a bank branch or something.
BUT I Googled for some more pictures, and I think it looks slightly more okay in some other pictures. For instance, I think the interior looks quite interesting. But overall, I think it's one of those buildings you either like or dislike:
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