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The building will be located at Darling Harbor, adjacent to the city center, and will include an “Innovation Exchange Program” for start-ups together with a “makerspace” that will allow people to experiment with robotics and new manufacturing technologies.

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“I am very pleased that the City has reached an in-principle agreement with Lendlease for two floors of the fabulous Kengo Kuma building,” said Clover Moore, Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney. “The contemporary library will include a flexible space for seminars and workshops, with technology to support entrepreneurs and innovators,” she added.

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The multi-use structure will be enveloped in timber screens that create dynamic forms and reference the history of the area. A large public plaza will surround the new library and include areas for markets and retail brands. The project was submitted for planning permission and is expected to open in 2018.

+ Kengo Kuma Associates

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