A shortlist of seven internationally renowned architectural practices to design the new Library of Birmingham was announced today, marking a major milestone in delivering a world-class library for the city.
The list is made up of the top architects in northern Europe, including four based in the UK, two from the Netherlands and one from Denmark.
The shortlist, in alphabetical order, is as follows:
Foreign Office Architects
Foster and Partners
Schmidt Hammer Lassen
Birmingham City Council Leader, Councillor Mike Whitby, said: “Seven internationally renowned architectural practices have been short-listed from more than 100 worldwide. Their reputations for designing high-profile, iconic landmark buildings are what resulted in their selection. The announcement of the shortlist today is a major milestone on the road to delivering a world class library in Birmingham.”
Stuart Rogers, Executive Director, The REP, said: “We are delighted that the shortlist is so strong. It’s a fitting tribute to the city’s vision and commitment to this unique project that such exciting and talented architects have been attracted to the idea. I have no doubt that every one of them is capable of creating a building that will delight audiences, artists, residents and visitors for many years to come.”
Capita Symonds, which is project and cost-managing the £193 million library has been working with Birmingham City Council on the design team shortlist.
Capita Symonds’ Project Director, David Robertson said: “The evaluation panel has received an impressive number of high quality entries from some of the world’s leading architects. A thorough evaluation process has been carried out, resulting in a shortlist of seven eminent design practices. “
The short-listed teams will be invited to a familiarisation day next month to be introduced to the project, site, existing library and REP operations before tendering their formal submissions. All entries will then be evaluated via a rigorous process of interviews and presentations, with an appointment due to be made in the summer.