The new 5,000 square meter (50,000 sf) Library will be a destination for children and families of Oman and will be a model for sustainable design and progressive library service concepts for the region. The architecture will embody the spirit, history and beauty of Omani architecture and yet will incorporate contemporary and progressive elements that will define its character.
The architecture incorporates the graceful elements of the local architecture and landscape, and will celebrate service to children through the use of imaginative interior spaces and light - both artificial and natural. The use of colored glass, tactile materials, textures of surfaces and other timeless architectural elements will be used in synthesis to create mystery, discovery, comfort and delight. The Library will be a complement to the neighboring Children’s Museum, Museum of Natural History and (future) Theater.
The Library will connect with its beautiful natural surroundings by orienting its magnificent views to the Gulf of Oman and maximizing natural connections to the environment. The arrival at the Library will be an important part of the sequence of travel to, through, and from the building. The sequence of movement throughout the building will be clear and inviting. The Library will connect with the other buildings in this new cultural area by means of learning gardens and pathways. The Library will be flexible and adaptable for future growth, technology, and direction. The Children’s Public Library in Muscat, Oman is scheduled to move into construction in late 2009.