private reflections in a public place

In his 2004 New Yorker article, Paul Goldberger wrote of architect Rem Koolhaas’ downtown Seattle Public Library branch under the moniker of “ennobling public space“, lauding the return of a dignified, people-centric structure to the city center.

Six years later, those depicted below along the library’s Fifth Avenue entrance facade looked within themselves, reflecting with private particularity, while also ironically reflected in the monumental public glass.

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