Exhibition Design

The Seattle Central Library Visitor Center Exhibit

Client and Venue:

Seattle Public Library, Central Library

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Seattle Public Library, Central Library

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In their continued pursuit of innovation, the Seattle Public Library partnered with Belle & Wissell to create a new interactive visitor experience at the acclaimed Central Library. The Visitor Center Exhibit welcomes users of all ages to discover more about the city of Seattle, its pioneering library system, and the bold Central Library building, designed by OMA/LMN.

The new Visitor Center Exhibit demonstrates the Seattle Public Library’s commitment to the public. “Look” and “Learn” stations feature interactive and dynamic elements, encouraging visitors to experience the library anew. The design of the exhibit encourages participatory interaction from visitors as they engage with content celebrating librarians, libraries, and their indispensable role as a civic resource.

The Seattle Central Library is a striking, iconic element of the Seattle skyline designed by world-renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. Its architectural significance and receptive ideology make it the most-visited site in the city, drawing almost 2 million visitors annually. Belle & Wissell worked closely with Lockwood & Sons, a design build company, to realize this exhibit—utilizing the same “form follows function” philosophy that was instrumental in Koolhaas’ building design.

The Visitor Center exhibit was produced in collaboration with the Seattle Public Library and the Seattle Public Library Foundation. StoryCorps produced the personal interviews included in the exhibit experience.

Belle & Wissell Team Credits

Principal: Gabe Kean
Creative Director: Thomas Ryun
Senior Designer: Edrea Lita
Designer: Eric Harvey
Studio Producer: Sarah Trueblood
Content Developer: Natalie Karbelnig
Technology Lead: Edward Tang
Senior Developer: Scott Thiessen
Developer: Brent Watanabe
Quality Assurance Engineer: Serge Bokach
Curatorial Consultant: Aleen Adams
Curatorial Consultant: Jacob McMurray
Design/Build Partner: Lockwood & Sons

Additional Project Credits

Content Partner: The Seattle Public Library
Production Partner:
The Seattle Public Library Foundation
Interview Producer: StoryCorps
Director of Marketing and Online Services:
Stephen Halsey
Web & Digital Product Manager: Jim Packwood
Content Strategist: Heidi Herb
Special Collections Librarian: Jodee Fenton
Designer: Annie Vasquez
Web Dev: Lisa Zicherman

Belle & Wissell Team Credits

Principal: Gabe Kean
Creative Director: Thomas Ryun
Senior Designer: Edrea Lita
Designer: Eric Harvey
Studio Producer: Sarah Trueblood
Content Developer: Natalie Karbelnig
Technology Lead: Edward Tang
Senior Developer: Scott Thiessen
Developer: Brent Watanabe
Quality Assurance Engineer: Serge Bokach
Curatorial Consultant: Aleen Adams
Curatorial Consultant: Jacob McMurray
Design/Build Partner: Lockwood & Sons

Additional Project Credits

Content Partner: The Seattle Public Library
Production Partner:
The Seattle Public Library Foundation
Interview Producer: StoryCorps
Director of Marketing and Online Services:
Stephen Halsey
Web & Digital Product Manager: Jim Packwood
Content Strategist: Heidi Herb
Special Collections Librarian: Jodee Fenton
Designer: Annie Vasquez
Web Dev: Lisa Zicherman

In their continued pursuit of innovation, the Seattle Public Library partnered with Belle & Wissell to create a new interactive visitor experience at the acclaimed Central Library. The Visitor Center Exhibit welcomes users of all ages to discover more about the city of Seattle, its pioneering library system, and the bold Central Library building, designed by OMA/LMN.

The new Visitor Center Exhibit demonstrates the Seattle Public Library’s commitment to the public. “Look” and “Learn” stations feature interactive and dynamic elements, encouraging visitors to experience the library anew. The design of the exhibit encourages participatory interaction from visitors as they engage with content celebrating librarians, libraries, and their indispensable role as a civic resource.

The Seattle Central Library is a striking, iconic element of the Seattle skyline designed by world-renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. Its architectural significance and receptive ideology make it the most-visited site in the city, drawing almost 2 million visitors annually. Belle & Wissell worked closely with Lockwood & Sons, a design build company, to realize this exhibit—utilizing the same “form follows function” philosophy that was instrumental in Koolhaas’ building design.

The Visitor Center exhibit was produced in collaboration with the Seattle Public Library and the Seattle Public Library Foundation. StoryCorps produced the personal interviews included in the exhibit experience.