AMBS architects designs first baghdad library in 30 years all images courtesy of AMBS architects

 

 

 

british-iraqi firm AMBS architects has just shared with us their design for the new baghdad library- the first public library to be constructed in the city since the 1970s. informed by the sinuous shape of the drop-like peninsula and the arabic kufic word for ‘read’, the building will project out over a lake at the heart of the 1,200,000 square meter youth city masterplan. the revitalizing structure will boast the largest reading room in the world, in part due to a steel cable mesh building system that will allow a 80 meter across, single-span volume. the central architectural gesture is a double curved roof designed specifically to allow ample natural light to pervade the space through a network of skylights.

AMBS: baghdad library will be the first realized since 1970'sthe kufic word for ‘read’, one of the first words spoken by the prophet muhammed, informed the shape of the building 

 

 

 

the sweeping architectonic language remains a constant throughout the interiors, what with a cascading terrace and directional valley that creates pockets of smaller reading areas and event spaces. AMBS will use the opportunity of the monumental project to implement sustainable systems in the region, namely rooftop solar panels and a streamlined form optimized for passive cooling. while the library is but one of the 30 new buildings envisioned in the masterplan, the progression of so elegant a project shows a greater commitment to building an iraq that remains a cultural center, accessible place of knowledge and a beacon of centuries-long erudition.

AMBS: baghdad library will be the first realized since 1970'sthe library will jut out over a nearby lake in the iraqi capital 

AMBS: baghdad library will be the first realized since 1970'sthe double curved roof dictated the sequence of skylights that illuminate the interiors 

AMBS: baghdad library will be the first realized since 1970'sa steel mesh construction will allow the main reading space to be the largest in the world

AMBS: baghdad library will be the first realized since 1970'sview of the impressive main hall

 

 

 

 project info: 

 

baghdad library, youth city, iraq dates: awarded november 2011, scheduled to tender late 2013project size: 45,000 sqmclient: ministry of sports and youth services provided: architecture