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The impressive exterior of the slanted roof, highlighted by its protruding concrete beams, is continued inside the library in the form of air-conditioning pipes, illuminated by hidden lights in the low ceiling, that follow the lines of the beams. The library’s conical form creates an interesting internal space, in which the entrance floor serves mainly as an archive with seating areas along the transparent front wall, while the tall space in the center is taken up by an overlooking gallery floor that serves mainly as a reading area. The space in the center is filled with ceilingless rooms with round windows, used for meetings and study. The upper gallery is accessed by a concrete staircase with a transparent roof. An additional glass wall in the center of the cone faces a small internal garden. This garden and the planted moat together enfold the building in a swathe of vegetation that serves to somewhat soften the harshness of Rechter’s favored concrete.