Birmingham’s ornate library marks a new phase of regeneration

Work on a vast new library in Birmingham has recently reached completion. Located right in the centre of the city in Centenary Square, close to the Symphony Hall and the Repertory Theatre, the dazzling construction is set to transform the image of the area.

Externally, the striking building resembles an enormous layered cake, or a pile of presents, with black and gold rectangles stacked on top of one another and finished off by a gold cylinder. The walls are made from transparent glass covered by a lacy skin. This cladding consists of overlapping circles of aluminium that cast intricate shadows across the light-filled interior.

The huge building has 10 levels and will house more than 400,000 books. Its rooftop rotunda contains a Victorian-style reading room and two garden terraces provide extensive views of the city. The designers have ensured that the library meets BREEAM sustainability standards and the building, which utilises ground source heat pumps and grey water systems, has an “excellent” rating.

Birmingham’s regeneration started in the 1980s and the new library is expected to will mark the beginning of a “second act” in the city’s renaissance.

Those embarking on smaller building projects could feel inspired by the sumptuous appearance of the library and may try to incorporate some of its elements into their own designs. The best way to achieve this is to contact reputable architects in North Wales who will have the skills and experience to carry out the work.

Posted by Mark
September 10, 2013
New Buildings

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