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The Seattle Public Library Ballard Branch, Seattle, United States

Friday 16 Jun 2006

Green library in Seattle

Courtesy of The Seattle Public Library 
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Bohlin Cywinski Jackson's design for the Seattle Public Library wins awards 

The Ballard Branch of the Seattle Public Library has won two awards this year from the American Institute of Architects, National Honor Award for Design and Committee on the Environment, 2006 Top Ten Green Projects. This new branch, which was completed in May 2005, features materials related to the local maritime industry and focuses on its future use of a younger, more diverse population. The roof sweeps north so that visitors can enjoy indirect light, and is planted with more than 18,000 low-water-use plants. 17 solar panels are also attached to the rooftop. It can be a proof that green building is feasible within a modest budget and will promote environment-friendly architecture.

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