If all goes according to schedule, the 37,000 sq m national library of Kazakhstan located in the center of Astana with views of the entire city will be completed at the start of 2012. One of the future cornerstones of Kazakh nation building, and a leading institution representing the Kazakh national identity, the library is more than just a architectural challenge. The Library encompassing a spiraling circle around a strong vertical core allows library visitors to move between floors with its building curves forming a möbius strip, such that the interior becomes the exterior and back again; likewise the walls become the roof and the roof transforms back into the walls.
According to its Danish architect BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), “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”.
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