It is the central one of three large new buildings on the restructured Oosterdokseiland, near the Central Station. A raised plinth offers a refined transitional area between the upper and lower floors, and the reading and study rooms are like terraces, placed around large and tall empty spaces. A terrace on the top floor accommodates the library theatre and conference rooms. The main shape of the building is attuned to the surroundings: both the apartments on the west side and the wide avenue on the east side leading to the conservatory must receive enough sunlight. At the same time, situated as it is beside the open waters of the Oosterdok, the library has to contribute to an attractive skyline.