My wife, brother-in-law, and I took a trip on Saturday to the newly opened Seattle Public Library: The library was designed by Rem Koolhaas and executed by Joshua Ramos is the best public building I have ever stepped foot in. It's modern without feeling trendy. It's cut off from traditional constraints of old materials without being a slave to new ones. Some people will certainly find the library jarring initially, but I found it an excellent study in creating space that has an open, light feel, in which access and flow is paramount. View my study in photos of the library's spaces during my first look at it. It opened just this week.