Inside it is splendid! Blue railed escalators carry the visitor up into a sequence of exhilerating, book-stacked spaces culminating in the surprise of the Victorian, wood-panelled Shakespeare Memorial Room on the 9th floor. A series of terraces provide excellent views of the city and towards the old Central Library.
The Library of Birmingham was designed by Dutch architectural practice Mecanoo and opened on 3 September 2013 by Malala Yousafzai. Read architectural commentary by Rowan Moore and Jonathan Glancey.
|The view from the new Library onto Centenary Square with the Hall of Memory in the foreground and the old Central Library (designed by John Madin and opened in 1974).|