The National Library consists of two 16-storey blocks that are connected at the upper levels by bridges spanning a day-lit, semi-enclosed internal 'street'. The larger, more regular block contains the library collections and sits over an open-to-the-sky civic plaza - a setting for 'outdoor' events. The second, curved block is for multimedia programming functions. The library has a number of green features. Oriented away from the east-west direction, it keeps cool with a roof canopy, external louvres and solar blinds activated by an intelligent temperature management system. Airflow is facilitated by natural ventilation zones such as the civic plaza and garden terraces.
National Library Presentation Panels. Courtesy of Architect. Geneva: Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2010.
Presentation panels are drawings, images, and text graphically prepared by the architect and submitted to the Aga Khan Award for Architecture during the later round of the Award cycle. The portfolios are kept in the Aga Khan Trust for Culture Library for consultation purposes.