The new clear glass building is covered with metal filigree formed by superimposing two designs: a pattern of big black circles and another pattern of small white circles. The architects chose this texture to symbolise and recall Birmingham?s tradition of craftsmanship, both in the city?s steel industry and in its work with precious metals. On the roof of the building, visible from the square, is the space containing the Shakespeare Memorial Room, the reading room designed by John Henry Chamberlain in 1882 to contain the Shakespeare Library.
Design: Mecanoo Architecten
Location: Birmingham, UK
Images: courtesy of Mecanoo ph.Christian Richters