New Library design, a verted ziggurat

The Library of Birmingham

Seems it wasn’t the blocky and pointy nature of Central Library that make it “an eyesore” — as the design revealed today for the new Library in Centenary Square, is nothing if not blocky and a bit pointy. It also bears a passing resemblance to Brunell Street Car Park:

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Which is nice, as it’s without doubt my favourite car park.

But what’s happening to Cliff Richards’s enternal flame? More at libraryofbirmingham.com

5 comments for “New Library design, a verted ziggurat

  1. Wavy Davy
    3 April 2009 at 10:15 am

    From the library link site: “Highly transparent glass building wrapped in a delicate metal filigree” and designed by Dutch architects Mecano.

    OK so not a concrete book bunker like the current mess but still quite Lego – and very Meccano.

    As you say – plant a few climbing Ivy creepers in that trellis and it will cover up nicely.

    And a few “Dutch” plants will make it a magnet for students!

  2. Anonymous
    3 April 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Good point about the “Flame of Hope”, originally funding by Churches around Birmingham. rnrnIts not had the best history, set up as torch to world peace, it was put out in 2002 through lack of funding. And then even more tragically, a girl was stabbed under it in 2001.rnrnSo really a “flame of hope”?

  3. Mary Horesh
    3 April 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Good point about the “Flame of Hope”, originally funding by Churches around Birmingham.

    Its not had the best history, set up as torch to world peace, it was put out in 2002 through lack of funding. And then even more tragically, a girl was stabbed under it in 2001.

    So really a “flame of hope”?

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