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Robert Smirke’s much loved 1857 British Library is one of the most famous examples of the radial plan, which was introduced into library design to enable the efficient monitoring of readers by librarians

Typology: LibrariesSubscription

In this piece from November 2011, Oriel Prizeman examines six recent public library projects in the first of a major new quarterly series on typology


Women's Library

The Women's Library by Wright & Wright, LondonSubscription

By Catherine Slessor

 Beyond the reading room’s immediately dramatic appearance it takes a more recessive role as a ‘host’ with its seamless light-grey environment acting  as a backdrop for the multi-coloured books

Stuttgart City Library by Yi ArchitectsSubscription

By Oriel Prizeman


Veil and grid: Library by Li Xiaodong, ChinaSubscription

By Catherine Slessor

Rolex Learning Center  SANAA

Rolex Learning Center by SANAA Subscription

By Oriel Prizeman