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In 2002, the new library in Alexandria, Egypt, reopened its doors for the first time in nearly 2000 years. A culmination of an international effort lasting over 12 years, the library is one of the most contemporary in the world. With over 800,000 square feet, the building also houses a range of museums and public assembly areas.

A large reflecting pool and public plaza link the library to the nearby Mediterranean and the city of Alexandria. The pools help cool the area around the building and naturally collect dust to clean the air near the building. The water, vegetation, and shape of the building also help allay the sound of the nearby busy streets, creating a space that is calm and comfortable, yet public and open, for those visiting the building.

Alexandria National Library, Alexandria, Egypt

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