Designs for new Library of Birmingham integrated with The REP unveiled
Mike Whitby, Leader of Birmingham City Council, today unveiled the design concepts for the new Library of Birmingham by the internationally acclaimed Dutch architects Mecanoo Architecten.
The Library of Birmingham will occupy a prime site on Centenary Square next door to The REP. At 31,000 sq metres the highly transparent glass building will be integrated with The REP at ground floor and mezzanine levels, and will also incorporate a new 300 seat studio theatre.
The designs will allow The REP to enhance the identity of its much loved building whilst also improving and expanding its facilities. The theatre’s unique façade will be restored to its original condition and the glazing will be replaced to improve energy efficiency. Inside the theatre, the existing foyer, restaurant, café and bar will be remodelled and the provision of new conference suites and a seamless link to the new foyer of the Library will create a more accessible, welcoming and comfortable environment for customers. The theatre’s backstage facilities will also be fully refurbished with new rehearsal rooms, dressing rooms and workshops.
Stuart Rogers, Executive Director, Birmingham Repertory Theatre says of the designs: “We are delighted with the highly imaginative way that Mecanoo are planning to link the distinctive and much-loved Birmingham Repertory Theatre with the new Library of Birmingham. The new facilities will allow both of us to work creatively together and thereby keep Birmingham’s unique cultural offer amongst the greatest in the world.”