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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

Typology

light percolates through the rustic veil of wooden sticks, casting striated shadows around the library interior

Veil and grid: Library by Li Xiaodong, ChinaSubscription

By Catherine Slessor

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Veil and grid: Library by Li Xiaodong, ChinaSubscription

By Catherine Slessor