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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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