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dc.coverage.spatialSite: Alexandria, Urban, Egypten_US
dc.coverage.temporal1990-2002 (creation)en_US
dc.creatorSnøhetta ASen_US
dc.date1990-2002en_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-05-10T15:08:55Z
dc.date.available2013-05-10T15:08:55Z
dc.date.issued1990-2002en_US
dc.identifier215385en_US
dc.identifier.otherarchrefid: 233en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.3/122786
dc.descriptionDetail of the colonnade, depicting the north end; The Bibliotheca Alexandrina is a major library and cultural center located on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea in the Egyptian city of Alexandria. It is both a commemoration of the Library of Alexandria that was lost in antiquity and an attempt to rekindle something of the brilliance that this earlier center of study and erudition represented. The dimensions of the project are vast: the library has shelf space for eight million books, with the main reading room covering 70,000 m2 on eleven cascading levels. The complex also houses a conference center; specialized libraries for the blind, for young people, and for children; three museums; four art galleries; a planetarium; and a manuscript restoration laboratory. The library's architecture is equally striking. The main reading room stands beneath a 32-meter-high glass-panelled roof, tilted out toward the sea like a sundial, and measuring some 160 m in diameter. The walls are of gray Aswan granite, carved with characters from 120 different human scripts. Source: Wikipedia; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page (accessed 1/10/2008)en_US
dc.format.mediumconcrete; glass; graniteen_US
dc.rights© Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc.en_US
dc.subjectarchitectural exteriorsen_US
dc.subjectwriting systemsen_US
dc.subjectModernisten_US
dc.subjectNeo-Rationalisten_US
dc.titleBibliotheca Alexandrinaen_US
dc.typeimageen_US
dc.rights.accessLicensed for educational and research use by the MIT community onlyen_US
dc.identifier.vendorcode1A1-SNO-BA-C8en_US
vra.culturalContextEgyptian (modern)en_US
vra.techniqueconstruction (assembling)en_US
vra.worktypelibrary (building)en_US
dc.contributor.displaySnohetta AS (Norwegian architectural firm, founded 1989)en_US


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