Image: Kengo Kuma Architects and the City of Sydney

The city of Sydney is setting up a new library inside a building that looks, depending on who you ask, like a stack of plates, a spaceship taking off, or a cyborg hairdo. The library will occupy two floors, and will house a lot more than just books.

There are a lot of gorgeous libraries in the world, and in 2018, it looks like there will be one more. The city of Sydney is leasing two floors of a building to go up in Darling Harbor. The building is designed by Kengo Kuma, a Japanese architect, and the city is leasing the space for up to 99 years from the developer Lendlease.

The contemporary feel of the library will not be limited to aesthetics. The city of Sydney is planning to include a makerspace and an “Innovation Exchange Program,” which is meant to encourage start-ups.

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The 2,225 square meter space will replace a much smaller library currently housed in another building, and provide space for the library to expand its current book collection. While everyone loves a cozy local library, if the alternative is giant, multi-use, gorgeous building, we won’t complain.

[Archinect, City of Sydney]

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