The new Library of Birmingham replaced the Central Library and was opened in September 2013. Situated on the west side of the city centre at Centenary Square, beside the Birmingham Rep and Baskerville House.
There was an international competition announced to design the New Library and early August 2008, Mecanoo, and multi-discipline engineers, Buro Happold, were announced as the winner of the design competition.
Whilst I lived some 12 miles away from the city centre, I visited the old library as part of my C & G courses in Flower Arranging and Floristry, and later in the Millinery course. It was an old building and quite difficult to find the reference books I needed. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to visit the new Building as we moved to Spain before it was built and the opportunity to visit it hasn’t arisen, but I am sure the reference books will be easier to find.
I love the design of the building and hope that my interpretation brings some pleasure to readers of this Blog.
The very abstract design lends itself to my blocks of fabric and I enjoyed hand quilting the ‘picture’ with the circular patterns found adorning the front of the building.
I decided to make the mini quilt into a framed picture rather than a wall hanging – purely for a change.
Please do leave a comment….. I would love to hear your opinion of the building and my interpretation.