Sketch and photo collage
‘Walk-through’ sketches showing progression from the very fast freeway to the very slow library reading room
Master’s Thesis Design, , 2003
Paul Michael Davis designed this proposal for a public library branch in Seattle's Northgate area as his Master's Thesis project at The University of Washington.
Dominated by the world's first regional shopping center, the Northgate neighborhood is characterized by vast spans of pavement and big box retail stores. The design takes this landscape of speed as its conceptual departure point, and treats the library as a space for slowing down. It also attempts to relate the building to a neglected urban creek nearby. Paul assumed the site and program requirements of the real project, including its planned co-location with a new community center.
This design was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2003 International Student Design Competition.
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