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The Library of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom 
Thursday 26 Nov 2009
 
Birmingham icon approved 
 
Mecanoo, Courtesy of Birmingham City Council 
 
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13/12/09 Diego, London
What is happening to the architecture nowadays?

This is one of the most horribles buildings I have ever seen. Birmingham deserve a better solution for this beautiful project: a library, not a no inspirational architecture which seems to be inspired by some kind of bad quility wall paper ..there is not proportions...beauty...scale, nothing...just a terrible block dressed in a vulgar metalic net.

Please we need make great architecture..Britain deserves that...
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01/12/09 Linda, Staffs
And this is supposed to be better than the current building..?
It looks much like another concrete block but with chicken wire round it this time!
I liked it at first but now it just looks so out of place.
 

Editorial

Mecanoo Architects' Library of Birmingham passed through planning 

A £193million investment by one of the UK’s largest cities is set to pay off following the approval of planning permission for a landmark building today. The Library of Birmingham and its grand circular open-air amphitheatre in front of the building will be used as a flagship for the regeneration of the city, tagged the Big City Plan, encouraging more projects and investment.

“We are juxtaposing culture and regeneration on a far greater scale than any other UK city,” said Mike Whitby, Leader of Birmingham City Council. “Through the strategic investment of £193m, into a landmark for the region, we will lever in millions of pounds of investment. Already people are excited about the confidence we have in our future, and want to be a part of our story.”

The Mecanoo Architects-designed library will occupy a prime site on Centenary Square between the Birmingham Repertory Theatre (The REP) and Baskerville House. A shared entrance to the Library and The REP will be sheltered below a public balcony, creating a space to watch events in the square. Above the balcony, the building volume steps away, creating a second open-air space, an elevated garden with spectacular views over the city.

The most dramatic feature of the 31,000 sq m library is its intricate metal filigree façade, inspired by Birmingham’s rich craftsmanship and industrial history. In all the building will provide 20% more space than the existing Birmingham Central Library and will be capable of taking up to 10,000 visitors a day.

Key Facts

Status Planning approved
Value 211(m€)
Mecanoo Architecten b.v.
www.mecanoo.nl

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