mecanoo: library of birmingham
mecanoo: library of birmingham
dec 11, 2010

mecanoo: library of birmingham

section view of the library all images courtesy mecanoo




as the first anniversary of the start of building work at the library of birmingham in england approaches, new design images have been released by mecanoo. with the main service cores of the building now in place and the lower floor structures beginning to take shape, the images provide members of the public with a preview of what can be expected when the library opens its doors in 2013.



mecanoo: library of birmingham the building’s exterior



the new images show a concept view of the new outdoor amphitheater in centenary square, as well as a first look at the central rotunda inside the library.



mecanoo: library of birmingham the central rotunda



operating as a main focal point of the building, the central rotunda features a breathtaking wall of books across several floors, with the image showing an improved environment with user-friendliness at its core. wide travelators and escalators provide links between floors, while spacious public areas are flooded with natural light.



mecanoo: library of birmingham the outdoor amphitheater



the outdoor amphitheater, meanwhile, is predicted to become a popular feature of the new building. accessible from the music and children’s sections of the library of birmingham, the amphitheater will provide the perfect space for outdoor performance and activity which can be viewed by onlookers in the above centenary square. new features to be included in the library include a teenage zone for young people to relax, and a contemplation room for prayer and quiet thought.



mecanoo: library of birmingham sketch of terraces



the building will also boast two garden terraces, providing the idyllic setting to read, relax, or to enjoy the stunning views across the city. meanwhile, accessibility will be greatly improved thanks to wide, level access from centenary square, a spacious open plan foyer and generous circulation routes. in addition, four public lifts will be large enough for wheelchair and pushchair manoeuvres.



mecanoo: library of birmingham construction of the library of birmingham

  • The stacks remind me of the short story by Borges: the Library of Babel

  • we’ve now added that the library is in birmingham, england.

    andrea / designboom
  • Would be nice if someone somewhere said whether this was Birmingham, England or Birmingham, Alabama or perhaps even somewhere else. The mention of Centenary Square establishes it as England.

    the web is WORLD wide
  • Don’t like the façade. Looks like a post-modern solution to establish a “dialogue” between the two surrounding buildings, but the result is rather shocking to me.

    El Trooper

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