British-Iraqi architects reveal designs for public library in Iraq


British- Iraqi company, AMBS Architects, has revealed the designs for the first public library to be built in Iraq since the 1970s.

Its double-curvature roof structure will create the world’s biggest single-span reading room.

Housing over three million books, the library will also include rare manuscripts and periodicals, computers, digital media resources as well as spaces for hosting performaces and events.


Part of the design includes the inscription of a message on the library’s roof so that when it is viewed from above it will display the word “read” written in the Arabic Kufic script.

Marcos De Andres, co-founder and director, AMBS Architects said: “We have challenged the conventional library model, conceiving it as a modern multi-functional public space. We have identified core activities and paid special attention to exchanges we wanted to engender through use.”

The library is set to tender later this year.

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