Birmingham Central Library (Construction and Completion 1970 to 1974) / MACE Archive

Birmingham Central Library (Construction and Completion 1970 to 1974) / MACE Archive


Footnotes

When the Central Library was designed in 1969, Birmingham was riding the crest of a wave. Yet even then, subsequent cut-backs attenuated Madin’s original proposals: the stone demoted to pre-cast concrete, the surrounding civic centre never leaving the drawing board. The bus interchange was built but never used. The striking and cavernous central atrium proved windy, cold and damp, so was soon enclosed by glass and colonised by tatty fast food restaurants. Only one of the seven planned water gardens was built. It was never finished. ➡︎


Extras

 Central Library, Birmingham / The digital archive of the Birmingham & Five Counties Architectural Association Trust

 Lost Destination: Birmingham Central Library / Dorothy


Sources

 Media Archive for Central England

◼︎ Paradise Lost: Birmingham’s Central Library and the Battle over Brutalism / John Mason / Failed Architecture / 2014


Drone film: The demolition of paradise Circus / 2016

Drone film: The demolition of paradise Circus / 2016

Rebuilding Birmingham Sequences c.1960s-1980 / Derek Fairbrother

Rebuilding Birmingham Sequences c.1960s-1980 / Derek Fairbrother