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When it opened in 2004, the Seattle Public Library’s Central Library changed everything. The 21st-century library shouldn’t only celebrate the book, argued Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas of OMA, but “redefine [it] as an information store where all potent forms of media, new and old, are presented equally and legibly.” That thinking led to a reshuffling of the library’s functional components, generating a striking 363,000-square-foot structure with a glassy faceted shell.

10 of the world's most spectacular libraries

Even the quietest of buildings can make a loud-and-clear design statement, as these libraries prove. Housed in architecturally ambitious structures, they are places that celebrate human achievement with awesome environments.

Architectural Digest has collected a gallery of the world's most spectacular libraries. Yahoo Homes is publishing half of it. Click here to see the full gallery on the Architectural Digest website. | By Tim McKeough, Architectural Digest

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