The Library of Birmingham is the largest public library in Europe, designed by Dutch studio Mecanoo, including a circular courtyard, rooftop gardens and a facade clad with interlocking metal rings coloured in silver and gold. The library itself is used by users of all backgrounds and ages, connecting Birmingham.It provides a cafe, reading space, chill zones and nature spots.
What Need to Know About ….. The Library of Birmingham, Birmingham
- The building itself is made up of four rectangular masses, staggered to create canopies and terraces. The external facade compromises of overlapping metal rings, over gold, silver and glass. These rings can be seen from the third floor.
- A gently sloping floor leads visitors down to one level and then to another, where the children’s library and music section at the base of the building is. Here a circular courtyard allowing people to view the world sits.
- There are three main floors that branch out from the staggered centre of the building, rows of bookshelves and study spaces. Then the archives and research spaces occupy the levels above, while an oval space at the top of the structure houses the Shakespeare Memorial Room. Overlooking these top two levels are plant-filled terraces creating spaces for visitors to read and study outside.
Location of The Library of Birmingham
It is situated in Centenary Square, beside the Birmingham Rep, to which it connects, and Baskerville House. The construction of this building began the start of the cities much-needed redevelopment.
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