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The Library of Birmingham

#1 by Sheldonboy , Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:09 pm

What a God awful piece of design. Square boxes stacked up and covered in Circles. When I first saw the plans for this abortion of a buiding I thought it looked like a foreign legion fort covered in barbed wire. Now I have seen the finished article I hope I will be around to see it demolished, but I doubt I will be so lucky.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-23796062


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#2 by astoness , Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:16 pm

hated it from the mock up plans 3 years ago..still do..i can see this monstrosity from the lozells road...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/a...first-look.html


 
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RE: The Library of Birmingham

#3 by Sheldonboy , Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:38 pm

Quote: astoness wrote in post #2
hated it from the mock up plans 3 years ago..still do..i can see this monstrosity from the lozells road...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/a...first-look.html

My mate John was saying this morning you can see the filthy place from most approaches into Birmingham. I find it very sad that with all the so called Designer training available these days and all sorts of materials around, how plain and characterless most modern buildings are. I know we don't expect the splendour of a Victorian or Georgian work of art but to make a box covered in glass doesn't take a genius Architect. No one designs nice to look at buildings any more.


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#4 by astwood , Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:41 pm

I will have to use it to do the rest of my genealogy

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RE: The Library of Birmingham

#5 by Sheldonboy , Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:45 pm

Quote: astwood wrote in post #4
I will have to use it to do the rest of my genealogy



Its your Library too pal go for it.


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RE: The Library of Birmingham

#6 by astwood , Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:47 pm

I used the old one a lot

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#7 by Sheldonboy , Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:51 pm

I am sure the interior of the library and the contents will be good, but why spend millions on an awful rubbish design. only my view of course.


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#8 by astoness , Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:59 pm

same here astwood i was always at the library doing family research and looking for old photos so we have probably passed each other a few times...

i cant understand why someone did not suggest designing the facade to be more in keeping with baskerville house and the hall of memory and then the inside as it has been done with the modern approach...sort of the old meets the new...one can only hope that they maintain the excalators and lifts better than they did in the old library..that the flat roof does not leak and that the metal work does not start to rust in 5 years time...only time will tell but i find it a most imposing building..almost scary and i just dont like it i also hope that the elderly have been considered and not just the under 25s and students..those escalators look very steep to me...another good link here



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#9 by astoness , Fri Aug 30, 2013 6:04 am

think i may print this off like i can find my way around the library...thats when im brave enough to enter it lol

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/loc...mingham-5800011


 
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#10 by Voltman , Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:03 am

I like the roof terrace where one can take books outside, get them wet in the rain, drop them in the snow or just chuck them off the roof. Brilliant idea.

There is so much airy spaciousness to this building, it must be like a massive chimney in the event of a fire, no fire breaks, no walls or doors yet litterd with flammable materials, Brilliant Idea.

Big building filled with space instead of books. Brilliant Idea.


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#11 by Sheldonboy , Fri Aug 30, 2013 4:26 pm

This awful building looks like a place where Books and Librarians are imprisoned.


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#12 by astoness , Fri Aug 30, 2013 6:05 pm

totally agree with the last two posts...bang on...


 
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New Library

#13 by Sheldonboy , Tue Sep 03, 2013 7:51 am

I can't believe who is opening the new library, I would have thought if not royalty then someone connected to brum.
http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/loc...mingham-5830687


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#14 by Voltman , Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:06 am

Read the comments at the bottom of this article if you want to see what other people think....
http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/loc...mingham-5826853


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#15 by Sheldonboy , Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:41 pm

I would be grateful if someone can explain the agenda surrounding Birminghams new library. It is no secret that I hate the design. At the front at the moment is what can only be described as a wild flower mess. There is apparently a statue to be made in Bronze of two young Asian Ladies with their children this is supposedly to signify a "Family" ethic.
Could not a local "Married" family be found for this. Not a good advertisement for modern Morals.
Now Our So called Library of Birmingham has been opened today by the girl Malala who was brought to this country for life saving treatment after being shot. I am genuinely sorry that this girl was shot. I am also pleased for the girl that she has been saved. Many of our armed forces personnel have been shot and not given such hero status. Would it have been so awful if one of these fine brave servicemen could have opened this building.
This was supposed to be The Library of Birmingham.
But the opening of this new library at a cost of 188 Million quid, and I suspect more,and I understand the largest library in Europe according to the news people. I would have thought that this building would have been opened by a member of the Royal Family. Or at least a local person with popular connections.
This is a Fine city with fine traditions, including making weapons for civil war etc etc. It is also to be remembered that this Library is in the Fine City of BIRMINGHAM in the Centre of England in The BRITISH ISLES. not ASIA or the Far East.


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