Mecanoo’s Library of Birmingham made it to the shortlist of the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize. Every year the RIBA Stirling Prize is presented to the architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture over the past year. The winner of the award will be announced on October 16th.
The jury report states: “Playing an important role in Birmingham’s Centenary Square, the new Library of Birmingham is an impressive and bold addition to the city, a truly public and civic building. It has set a precedent for the scale of the buildings on the square, which helps to animate the place and stipulate a sense of enclosure. For the city, this is a significant public sector investment, which has not only provided a new integrated public library but also helped to regenerate the city’s cultural heart and helped link the Westside to the city core. “
Mecanoo’s Library of Birmingham recently won the RIBA National Award and RIBA West Midlands Award. The Birmingham City Council received the RIBA West Midlands Best Client Award.
"Who said the book is dead? If the book is dead, long live the library."
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