Libraries have long stood as some of the grandest and most impressive buildings in cultures throughout history, and the new Qatar National Library is in line with that millennia-old tradition. Designed by Rem Koolhaas, Ellen van Loon, and Iyad Alsaka, the new public facility is a beautiful testament to the power of collective knowledge.
The building is broadly shaped like a prism, which serves as a metaphor. Prisms have the ability to break white light apart into the colors of the visible spectrum, and in the same way, the Qatar National Library is meant to help the citizens of the country break apart the monolith of knowledge and find what they need.
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The Qatar National Library was Designed by Rem Koolhaas
- By: Joey HaarApr 18, 2018