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Dar Al-Uloum Library, Sakaka, Saudi Arabia

The redevelopment of the Dar Al-Uloum Library presents an opportunity to put learning at the heart of the community, creating a series of reading environments to stimulate a wide cross section of society.

Our proposal seeks to establish a model for the library which both respects the characteristics of the traditional reading room and delights in the opportunities presented by the digital world.

A place of both/and, rather than either/or, the resultant library is both formal and informal, serious and sociable.

Our proposal develops outwards from a new reading room at the library’s heart, through a series of internal landscapes, to a rich and varied external landscape for relaxation and gathering.

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