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AMBS was founded in 1996 by Ali Mousawi expanding upon over 30 years of outstanding architecture. Renowned for his mastery and influential hands-on approach to design, Ali partnered in 2007 with Architects Marcos De Andres and Amir Mousawi to launch a new multi-faceted team to the global stage. Since then AMBS has won a number of high profile projects and international competitions including the new iconic Baghdad National Library and the project supervision of the Sports City of Basra. The latter has an estimated cost of $700 million and is expected to be the largest sports city in the Middle east.
AMBS architects has offices in London, Baghdad and Basra with over forty staff.

http://www.ambsconsultancy.com/

WHAT WE DO

AMBS architects offers international architectural and comprehensive consulting services. With over three decades of experience ,our company provides complete building design services from initial concept through final design and construction as well as post-design consultation.
 

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I lovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvve it!!

I hope it gets done and would look so better than Alexandria library!
 

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اقرا ؟
 

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lovely design, but too small IMHO.
 

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Kebir its 26,000 sqm and it will have a roof measuring 80m across, making it the biggest single span reading room in the world. Read the website.
 

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This project is situated at the old Olympic Committee compound in Palestine St. across "Nassib alshaheed" and "Madenat alal3ab-rusafa"

 

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Umm I don't know?? I am the only who doesn't like it? Seems a bit bland to me. It's not exactly architecturally rich.... for some sort of sports/conference centre or cinema or ice rink or something it would be really nice but for Baghdad... a city with such a rich history and heritage with learning centres and libraries and education.. I feel like once Baghdad National Library is finally built it needs to be something amazing! It needs to be a perfect mix of modern + Iraqi/middle eastern architecture.

One thing I do like though is the entrance... very nice. Also lovely location on the water..
 

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Apparently AMBS won the competition and it's currently on "stage D commencement", which i have no clue what it means.
 

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AMBS Architects unveil images of Baghdad Library



10 June 2013 | By Elizabeth Hopkirk

AMBS Architects has revealed its designs for a new Baghdad Library.

The practice was appointed in 2011 by the Iraqi Ministry of Youth and Sport to create a building that represents a crucial step in the rebuilding of Iraq.

The 45,000sq m project will be a public space and cultural centre intended to encourage intellectual, creative and social exchange.

It will be the central focus of a planned Youth City designed to inspire Iraq’s younger generations.

AMBS, with offices in London, Baghdad and Basra and 60 employees, is working with New York-based library specialists ACA Consultants.

AMBS founder Ali Mousawi said: “Before 2003 Iraq had almost collapsed after a thirteen year embargo and eight years of war. This kept the country isolated from the world and from modern technology. I had to leave Iraq myself in 1982 and returned in 2003 to assist with the rebuilding of the country, with the aim of revitalising Iraq and establishing a new vision for the future.

“What I saw when I returned and still see today is that the Iraqi youth are in many ways lost. They have been surrounded by violence, and for years there has been a lack of services and few opportunities for work or personal development. We hope that the library will help shape Iraq’s next generation of intellects and politicians, artists and writers, poets and musicians, doctors and lawyers, and change makers.”

Saad Eskander, director of the National Library of Iraq, said: “It is imperative for the new Iraq to consolidate its young democracy and good governance through knowledge. New libraries have a notable role to play by promoting unconditional access to information, freedom of expression, cultural diversity, and transparency.

“By responding to the needs of Iraq’s next generations, the new library, we hope, will play an important role in the future of our country.”

The library is due to go out to tender this year.


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45k m2 a bit more respectable... but still too small IMHO... was hoping for a 300k m2 library :D (the british library in St Pancras is 112k m2 ... and the new alexandria library is 37k m2).

imagine a 300k m2 library with a "phase 2" cultural centre similar to the tate modern (BUT BETTER!) with another 250k m2... it would be the new cultural and literary hub for the middle east... then the youth and sport can spend their future budgets on furnishing it with all the rare manuscripts and artistic works... as well as having international literary events!!!! The potential is huge!

come on youth and sport! you can spend one year's entire budget on this library and make it a wonder of the world!
 

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45k m2 a bit more respectable... but still too small IMHO... was hoping for a 300k m2 library :D (the british library in St Pancras is 112k m2 ... and the new alexandria library is 37k m2).

imagine a 300k m2 library with a "phase 2" cultural centre similar to the tate modern (BUT BETTER!) with another 250k m2... it would be the new cultural and literary hub for the middle east... then the youth and sport can spend their future budgets on furnishing it with all the rare manuscripts and artistic works... as well as having international literary events!!!! The potential is huge!

come on youth and sport! you can spend one year's entire budget on this library and make it a wonder of the world!
you're overestimating Iraqis, a 45k m2 library is more than enough to watch p0rn, hit on girls or attend a lecture about the struggle of some religious figure.
 
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