Photo: Anouk Antony
It brings together on a single site all its documentary collections and services. The new building resolves the structural problems of the National Library and the deficits of its old infrastructure.
Conference rooms, training rooms, a small amphitheatre and a showroom expand the library’s offer of continuing education, cultural and educational activities.
The building, designed by Australian architects Bolles and Wilson, includes a foyer and cafe with an upper level conference and seminar rooms, a reading room, and “an ascending landscape of reading decks.”
The building’s principle component, the archive, is located within a secure core surrounded by the public spaces and forms a plateau for the large bookshelf area and reading deck. The building houses more than 1.8 million documents from books to DVD and audio material.