Location: Liverpool, UK
Liverpool spends £55million to revamp library, it took ten years of planning and over four million items, including documents and books, had to be rehoused in the new library.
While externally the building retains its period grandeur the stunning new extension brings a floor to ceiling atrium which along with vertical runs of curtain walling provides a naturally bright environment that enhances the appeal and openness of the redeveloped library. The expansive aluminium curtain wall, gives clean unhindered views and opens up the interior to the historic areas of the library bringing them into renewed public use.
Main entrance glass doors are designed to accommodate heavy usage in public places.
A world class, unique and prestigious library within the heart of Liverpool’s World Heritage Site. The design has provided a new cultural destination, a thrilling visitor experience and a Library and archive restored with historic asset for Liverpool’s most valuable collections; 14km of archives and some of the city's historic treasures from the last 800 years will be protected within a climate-controlled space.
Winner of the Regeneration Category, Civic Building of the Year Award at the 2014 SCALA awards ceremony
RIBA Awards 2014 winner of Regional Award
National Building Excellence Technical Innovation Award 2013