BIG: new national library in astana, kazakhstan BIG: new national library in astana, kazakhstan
aug 26, 2009

BIG: new national library in astana, kazakhstan

the new national library astana, kazakhstan by BIG architects all images courtesy BIG architects

 

 

 

BIG architects have been awarded first prize in an open international competition to design kazakhstan’s new national library in astana. named after the first president of the republic, nursultan nazarbayev, the building is set to encompass an estimated 33.000 m2. the winning proposal was chosen by the prime minister of kazakhstan k. masimov together with astana’s akim I.tasmagambetov and a council of architects.

 

the library is organized as a twisting infinite loop

 

 

the circular organization of the archive at the library’s inner core combines the clarity of a linear arrangement through a twisting infinite loop. the library is conceived as a symbiosis of urbanity and nature. like astana, which is located in the heart of the kazakh mainland, it will be integrated into the heart of a re-created kazakh landscape. the park around the building is designed like a living  green space, planted with trees, plants, minerals and rocks, allowing visitors to experience a small slice of the country’s natural landscape.

 

the surrounding area will be planted with local flora and fauna

 

 

‘the design of the national library combines four universal archetypes across space and time into a new national symbol: the circle, the rotunda, the arch and the yurt are merged into the form of a moebius strip. the clarity of the circle, the courtyard of the rotunda, the gateway of the arch and the soft silhouette of the yurt are combined to create a new national monument appearing local and universal, contemporary and timeless, unique and archetypal at the same time‘ – bjarke ingels

 

internal communal spaces

 

reading and resting areas

 

view of the open space

 

approach

 

model aerial view

 

model profile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


the two interlocking structures: the perfect circle and the public spiral, create a building that transforms from a horizontal organization — where library museum and support functions are placed next to each other — to a vertical organization where they are stacked on top of each other through a diagonal organization, thus combining vertical hierarchy, horizontal connectivity and diagonal view lines. by wrapping the transforming composition of spaces with a continuous skin a möbius strip volume is formed where the façades move from inside to outside and back again.

 

 

diagram of the twisting skin

 

diagram

 

plan

 

section

 

 

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project info:

architect: bjarke ingles / BIG architectsclient: kazakhstan presidential office
collaborators: arup agu size: 33.000 m2 location: astana, kazakhstan status: 1st prize partner-in-charge: bjarke ingels project leader: thomas christoffersen team: amy campbell, jakob henke, johan cool, jonas barre, daniel sundlin

  • is nice. i like. hi five!

    Borat Sagdiyev. says:
  • Isn’t it the same concept of the danish pavillion in Shangai (also by BIG)?
    One “size” fits all?

    Pedro says:
  • Super nice!

    CMYK says:
  • nice that guy think like a fuc%&$g insane!!!

    Atilio says:
  • I like the idea that the spiral goes around the circle.

    nice shape, good idea

    mmm says:
  • pathetic!

    rem koolhaas says:
  • Beautiful !! The world of today leaving marks for the future.
    Very good!

    Mile says:
  • Very nice.

    Tapa says:
  • [Borat accent] : It’s a niice! Almost like vagine of my fourth wife.

    borat says:
  • boring

    pr says:
  • it’s a really nice form and looks beautiful but feels like spaces are not that exciting.

    i like the fact that the facade looks similar with Seattle Public Library :p it’s like a family of libraries all around the world :)) one beautifuly ugly, one beautifuly beautiful.

    i feel like the floorplates could’ve been more interesting, more than just “contour, 3000mm” in rhino?!

    hope i will be wrong when it’s built and it will have nicer spaces than these representations. right now it feels a little bit like an airport to me.

    first image shows a little bit transparency, i’m hoping that kind of suprises with daylight!

    yes it's big says:
  • amazing

    Alex says:
  • Very Smart Design..!!

    Ray says:

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