“Mecanoo’s extravaganza – completed well within time and comfortably below budget – is a revelation.”

Jonathan Glancey, architectural critic, The Telegraph 

A People's Palace: The Library of Birmingham and Other Buildings for the Public

Exhibition from 19 October - 27 November 2014 at Aedes Architecture Forum

Historical city map graces the vaulted ceiling of Delft’s new train station

Delft, the Netherlands

Special Commendation for Kaap Skil Museum, European competition of the Luigi Micheletti Foundation

Texel, the Netherlands

Montevideo

In 2005 Montevideo was the highest residential tower in the Netherlands

A People's Palace: The Library of Birmingham and Other Buildings for the Public

Exhibition from 19 October - 27 November 2014 at Aedes Architecture Forum

La Llotja Theatre and Conference Centre

The building's horizontal form allows for a large garden on the roof, while under its cantilevers begins an event square

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Symposium Technical Innovations in Architecture

Symposium Technical Innovations in Architecture

20.10.2014
Francine Houben and Friso van der Steen are among a panel of experts that will discuss technical innovations in architecture at a symposium hosted by the Society of Arts; part of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) on 28th of Oc... read more
RTL Late Night with Francine Houben

RTL Late Night with Francine Houben

13.10.2014
Francine is one of the guests of Humberto Tan tonight and will talk about the Library of Birmingham, being nominated for the Stirling Prize 2014 and how she approaches new assignments by walking around the environment and taking many pictures, before... read more
Library of Birmingham on Blueprint Awards shortlist

Library of Birmingham on Blueprint Awards shortlist

07.10.2014
The Library of Birmingham has been shortlisted for the Blueprint Awards 2014 in the category Best Public Use Projects. As a profoundly public building, the library has been very well received by the people of Birmingham. In the first year since its o... read more
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