The Library of Birmingham

Birmingham library

Here are some interesting facts about the Library of Birmingham that may be of particular interest to you if you are an architect or an engineer:

  • The library was designed by Mecanno Architecten.
  • It is the largest public library in Europe and cost £189 million to build.
  • The new library is part of a wider urban redevelopment scheme.
  • English Heritage sought to halt the demolition of the old library, an icon of the New British Brutalism style of architecture, but failed.
  • The new library was designed to achieve a BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) ‘Excellent’ rating.
  • 330,000 sq. ft. of space.
  • 5357 aluminium circles cover the façade.
  • The Library was shortlisted for the 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize.

The Library has the following books on architectural awards

The Stirling Prize: ten years of architecture and innovation
AAI Awards 2012:  Irish Architecture Award book
Buildings of the year 2012: the RIBA architecture awards
AIA 2010-2012 designs for the new decade
2011 European Union prize for contemporary architecture : Mies van der Rohe award

detailYou can also look at plans in the journal Detail 2014 (issue 5) pp. 320-325 in the Library, PER 72, Level 3 or online through Detail Inspiration.

Birmingham architect, John Madin, who died in 2012, designed the City’s Central Library.  If you would like to find out more about him and his style of architecture the library has a book  “John Madin:  twentieth century architects” on Level 3 720.9209410945 CLA .

Some other sources of information

For further information and insight into the Library of Birmingham check out Dezeen’s blog.

If you are really interested to find out more you can check out the Birmingham Central Library Timeline.

Feedback on these resources or recommendations of other resources are welcome.

Contact your Subject Librarian, David Stacey


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