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April 26, 2014 / viewsfromasmallisland

Birmingham Library

Birmingham Library

Birmingham Library

Another Birmingham photo. This time the magnificent new library. You have to have seen the old one to really appreciate how good this one is.



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  1. Eliza Waters / Apr 26 2014 8:52 pm

    I love the pattern on the facade – it creates a pleasing texture.

  2. Gallivanta / Apr 27 2014 2:26 am

    Hooray for new libraries. We are looking forward to a lovely new central library too.

  3. delimaf / Apr 27 2014 4:34 am

    Beautiful building! Great facade! Thank you!

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Apr 27 2014 9:47 am

      Thank you. It also has a lovely roof terrace with spectacular views across the city.

  4. mk / Apr 29 2014 4:17 am

    A town that loves its library is an excellent recommendation!

  5. Sweet as a Picture / Apr 30 2014 11:01 pm

    Impressive-looking, from the outside.

    • viewsfromasmallisland / May 1 2014 8:35 am

      It is, and quite spectacular inside too. I hope it gets well used.

      • Sweet as a Picture / May 1 2014 10:01 pm

        I’m sure it will be. 🙂

  6. saravicious / May 2 2014 9:32 am

    The design of this building is crazy! Thank you for visiting my blog!

  7. guyportman / Nov 22 2014 9:22 pm

    I never saw the old library. This one has certainly been getting a lot of press coverage. It is an impressive building.

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Nov 23 2014 6:15 pm

      The old library building is still there but not in use. In its own way it was iconic but many argue an example of concrete ugliness; its style known as ‘brutalist’ and I would not disagree. Prince Charles attacked the old building saying it looked like ‘a place where books are incinerated, not kept’. It was very well used though, second most used in the UK in fact.

      • guyportman / Nov 23 2014 6:43 pm

        Never knew Prince Charles had a sense of humour. ‘Brutalist’ is a great term – I look forward to using it next time I see an ugly concrete structure.

  8. smilingtoad / Dec 19 2014 3:07 am

    I see you have photographed Heaven- and a bicyclist too! Fabulous! Smiling cheers,

    Autumn Jade

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Dec 19 2014 8:38 am

      Thank you for stopping by and liking. I did think the cyclist would add to the shot so I waited for him to cross the frame, and I think it worked.

      • smilingtoad / Dec 19 2014 8:40 am

        Yes! It really worked beautifully. Cheers!

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