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Library of Birmingham-macanoo

Mecanoo Architecten

Europa | Birmingham

One of the declared intentions of the new Library of Birmingham programme is to create a learning and knowledge centre serving a multi-ethnic, multicultural city, and to celebrate the transition from an industrial to a knowledge-based economy.
Mecanoo’s project also aims to restore consistency and identity to the immediate urban fabric. The design of the façade and the way public space has been made part of the new building are the result of careful study of the existing city layout, its history and materials.
What the architects have called a “red line” - the city’s busiest pedestrian route - links the main downtown features that lie in sequence: the Bullring Shopping Centre, New Street Station, Victoria Square and the canals. The library occupies a central plot on this route on Centenary Square between Baskerville House, the city’s...

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