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Here's Baghdad's Slick New Library, its First Since the '70s

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London and Baghdad-based architecture firm AMBS just revealed renderings for its crisp new Baghdad library, the first public library to be built in the city since the '70s. Yes, it looks very much like a streamlined, mechanized teardrop, but that "sinuous shape," as Design Boom calls it, is actually meant to look vaguely like the Arabic word for "read." It'll all to be hulked at the center of the city's 13M-square-foot "youth city masterplan," and will reportedly boast lots of natural sky light and—get this—the largest reading room in the world. Have a look, below.

· AMBS's Baghdad Library Will Be the First Realized Since the 1970s [Design Boom]