But No Foreign Library Cards, Thanks To That Ports World Fiasco.

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In the past decade or so, and more each year, you hear about the amazing architecture in Dubai (which is that country where they successfully harvest money trees). This was again confirmed as we found this info about the German architectual firm, asp Architekten, who was recently awarded the gig to build the Dubai Central Library. There are only a couple of images on the firm’s site, but geez if it ain’t ever pretty. And make sure you spend some time looking around at their other projects. Wow. Here’s the info on the library:

In association with Obermeyer Planen+Beraten GmbH and Abu Dhabi based ACG Architectural Consulting Group, ‘asp’ Architekten was awarded 1st prize in the international design competition for the Dubai Central Library in the United Arab Emirates.

The base of the building contains public areas such as a conference center, exhibition spaces, a bookstore, a children’s library and administrative offices. Above it the grand space of the central library area rises in a sweeping gesture that was inspired by the shape of the traditional “rahle” lectern.