The new building of the National Library, opened on July 22,
2005, is another indication of the Singapore government's intention
to develop the country into a "science hub" in Southeast Asia,
a center and motor of research, science, education, and information
for the entire region. Two libraries, the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library
and the Central Lending Library, are housed on 15 storeys and 3 basements,
a surface of 58,000 m² they share with rooms for diverse public activities,
a theater, a cinema, a media collection, etc.
The spectacular building was constructed according
to a design by the architects Hamzah &Yeang of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
It is a total of 98 meters high and consists of two blocks connected
by several bridges. The larger block houses the actual library and rises
above an open plaza that can be used for open-air events and cafés.
In May 2005, the National Library received the highest award Singapore
grants for environmentally sound construction.
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