BIG beat Hadid and Foster
Architects BIG beat Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster in an open competition to design Kazakhstan’s new National Library, in Astana
The 33.000m² design, similar to a moebius strip, features two interlocking structures and facades that move from inside to outside and back again.
‘The envelope of The National Library transcends the traditional architectural categories such as wall and roof. Like a yurt, the wall becomes the roof, which becomes floor, which becomes the wall again,’ said project leader Thomas Christoffersen.