The Other Seattle Library

Seattle’s The Stranger reviews the Douglas-Truth library expansion, in an a praise-singing article, most noteworthy perhaps, for its erudition and flowery prose.

Designed by Schacht/Aslani Architects, the expansion…. is a smooth composition of curving and intersecting walls of glass that lead to and rise along the side of a sloping mass, whose copper skin is split by the course of a skylight. On clear mornings, as the sun rises in the east, the expansion scintillates like something hologrammed from the future. To use Cybotron’s words: “Tomorrow is a brighter day.”

…That discontinuity—the line along which one thing ends and something else begins—that breakage of rhythm, that “subversive edge,” as Roland Barthes calls it in The Pleasure of the Text, gives us a bliss that’s frankly erotic. Barthes writes: “The subversive edge may seem privileged because it is the edge of violence; but it is not violence which affects pleasure … what pleasure wants is the site of a loss, a seam, the cut, the deflation, the dissolve which seizes the subject in the midst of bliss.”

No doubt, Charles Muded writes a great review. It’s so easy to sound like a good writer by ruthlessly criticizing something, it’s nice to see someone’s talents come out in a review that almost fetishizes the building. Although, I don’t get the Cybotron reference. (a detroit electro group?) Can anyone help me out with that one? Mudede must be a fan, as he also used the reference in his review of V for Vendetta.

The Douglas-Truth expansion is part of Seattle’s $196.4 million Libraries for All program. Passed in 1998, the program helped fund Koolhaas’ Prince-Ramus’ Central Library, as well as the construction of new branches and branch expansions.