Library in Kazakhstan by BIG Architects

Architecture & Interiors

BIG Architects are designing a new library in Astana, Kazakhstan that will house not just books but space and time as well. Even more interesting is the building's design. Its disk-like structure comprises four archetypes – the circle, the rotunda, the arch and the yurt, each of which merge to form a Mobius strip. A Mobius Strip as defined on Wikipedia is a surface with only one side or one boundary component. Here the design forms a spiraling circle around a vertical core and the structure's curves so the interior becomes the exterior and the walls the roof and roof into walls. How fascinating!






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  1. lph

    Sep 27, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    saw this design a few weeks back, i wish i could be on site for the construction

  2. James Spinweb

    Jan 7, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Please note that BIG Architects plagiarized the design. The design was registered in the United States by Anwar Al-Mallah in 2003. BIG Architects submitted and won a prize for copyrighted work they shamelessly stole and presented as their own. Type “Mobius Building Anwar” in Google and see page 5 of the article at “” then you’ll see who the real Mobius Building designer is, or visit the U.S Copyright office and search for Mobius Building.
    Essentially Bjarke Ingels ripped off Anwar’s design claiming it as his.

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