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The Bibliotheca Alexandrina

El Shatby, Alexandria, Egypt

Architects:

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Architecture Office

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Year:

City:

Client:

80 000 m²

2001

Alexandria

Ministry of Education, Egypt

Construction:

-

Category:

CULTURAL

Project Type:

Library

Post Type:

Building

Country:

Egypt

Photographers:

Gerald Zugmann

the architects

Description:

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina is built on a magnificent site alongside Alexandria's ancient harbor in the historic center of the city. The 11-story library can contain up to 4 million volumes of books, and can be expanded up to 8 million by the use of compact storage. In addition to the library facilities, it also contains other cultural and educational functions including a planetarium, several museums, a school for information science, and conservation facilities.

Characterized by its circular, tilting form, the building spans 160 meters in diameter and reaches up to 32 meters in height, while also diving some 12 meters into the ground. An open plaza and reflecting pool surrounds the building, and a footbridge links the city to the nearby University of Alexandria.

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September 29, 2023

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