Birmingham Library Receives Planning Permission

1 December 2009 (Last Updated December 1st, 2009 18:30)

A Library in Birmingham, UK, designed by Dutch firm Mecanoo Architects, has received planning permission from the local council. The £193m library features a circular open-air amphitheatre, which serves as a symbol for regeneration for England's second-largest city. The

A Library in Birmingham, UK, designed by Dutch firm Mecanoo Architects, has received planning permission from the local council.

The £193m library features a circular open-air amphitheatre, which serves as a symbol for regeneration for England's second-largest city.

The 31,000m² library will be situated on Centenary Square which is between the Birmingham Repertory Theatre (REP) and Baskerville House.

The library and REP will have a shared entrance below a public balcony, which creates space to watch events in the square.

Above the balcony, the building moves away to create an open air space which offers views of the city and features a garden.

The library's façade is clad in metal filigree, and the building will provide 20% more space than the existing Birmingham Central Library and can accommodate 10,000 visitors a day.