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Bibliotheca Alexandrina

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  • Award Cycle:
    Status:
    Recipient
    Location:
    Alexandria, Egypt
    Client:
    Egyptian Ministry of Education
    Architect:
    Snohetta Hamza Consortium
    Size:
    45'000 m²
    Completed:
    2002

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The Bibliotheca Alexandrina is a revival of the legendary ancient library built in classical Greek times. The rebuilding of the library has returned Alexandria to its former status as a centre for learning and exchange and provided the city with a landmark building. The spirit of international cooperation in which the library was conceived, funded, designed and implemented has been maintained in its management to create an institution that is truly global in its outlook. At the same time, the building is technically outstanding.