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The design and construction of the British Library.

By: Material type: TextTextPublication details: London : British Library, 1998.ISBN:
  • 0712306587
Subject(s): DDC classification:
  • 727.82541 21
Contents:
The Historical Background. 'The Thirty Years War' -- Design Method. The English Free School. The 'Other Tradition' of Modernism. Working Method. Growth and change. Symbolic form -- Elements of the Building. The Site. The Piazza. The Main Entrance Hall. General Amenity. The Reading Rooms. Exhibition Galleries. Conference Centre. Staff areas. Storage, conservation and distribution. Works of Art. Construction and Mechanical Engineering.
Summary: The British Library at St Pancras, the major public monument built in the United Kingdom in the 20th Century, opened to the public in April 1998. Professor Sir Colin St John Wilson has spent the greater part of his working life on the project from 1962 onwards when various schemes for a building adjacent to the British Museum were proposed, through to the completion phase of the present design. This book reveals how Professor Wilson and his team responded to successive changes in the Brief, whilst determinedly maintaining a commitment to the very highest quality in all aspects of a building designed to last 250 years. Illustrated with many original drawings and specially-commissioned photographs, it will appeal to anyone interested in modern architecture.
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The Historical Background. 'The Thirty Years War' -- Design Method. The English Free School. The 'Other Tradition' of Modernism. Working Method. Growth and change. Symbolic form -- Elements of the Building. The Site. The Piazza. The Main Entrance Hall. General Amenity. The Reading Rooms. Exhibition Galleries. Conference Centre. Staff areas. Storage, conservation and distribution. Works of Art. Construction and Mechanical Engineering.

The British Library at St Pancras, the major public monument built in the United Kingdom in the 20th Century, opened to the public in April 1998. Professor Sir Colin St John Wilson has spent the greater part of his working life on the project from 1962 onwards when various schemes for a building adjacent to the British Museum were proposed, through to the completion phase of the present design. This book reveals how Professor Wilson and his team responded to successive changes in the Brief, whilst determinedly maintaining a commitment to the very highest quality in all aspects of a building designed to last 250 years. Illustrated with many original drawings and specially-commissioned photographs, it will appeal to anyone interested in modern architecture.