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Cardiff Central Library, Cardiff, United Kingdom

Friday 26 Jun 2009

Living room for the city

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BDP scores highly with new sustainably designed library in Cardiff 

BDP has designed a state-of-the-art library that enhances the existing range of services on offer in Cardiff, and creates an atmosphere in which all members of the community can enjoy learning, contemplation and relaxation. The general components of the building consist of library and retail uses at the ground and mezzanine levels with four floors of dedicated library above finishing at the top with a partial plant floor.

This important modern civic building is a major element in the regeneration of Cardiff city centre and as such has achieved a high quality of design and finish to reflect its landmark status on its prominent site. The external metal cladding is inspired by the random appearance of books on shelves - the upper floors of the building also create a new window on the skyline with dramatic views over the city. The use of these modern materials and creation of a dramatic internal space have been developed to lift people’s spirits as they enter this new facility which will adopt the role of the city’s ‘public living room’.

A major driver for this project was the Bespoke BREEAM Assessment. BDP’s sustainability group guided the project team throughout the development of the design, working with them and providing recommendations for delivering a more efficient, sustainable building. By implementing the principles of sustainable design from the early stages of the project, the team was able to deliver an ‘Excellent’ rated building for less than 0.5% of the construction cost, and has achieved the highest score to date in a bespoke BREEAM post construction review.

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