Library of Birmingham

This Library of Birmingham was designed by Dutch architects, Mecanoo, to house not only the conventional library and archives but also state-of-the-art gallery space, a recording studio and dedicated spaces for children amongst other things.

The façades of this landmark development have been constructed from large unitised curtain wall panels manufactured by Lindner Façades Ltd in Switzerland; these were transported in complete form before erection onto the building elevations. The striking external circular carapace was fitted after the assembly of the main curtain wall grid; it’s appearance being accentuated by the reflected image off the rear glazing.

Behind the striking pattern of circles stands a more conventional façade; the performance of which informed the acoustics of the interior and therefore the day-to-day running of the library.

Wintech delivered full façade engineering consultancy services throughout the development process of this project.

Project Value: £188.8m