Birmingham Central Library

Birmingham Central Library


Hand-cast, solid concrete sculpture of the Birmingham Central Library. This limited-edition piece will stand on a flat surface such as mantlepiece or windowsill. Perfect for lovers of brutalism and Birmingham to commemorate a very distinctive building.

Material: Cast concrete.

Size: 12cm high x 25cm wide.

Weight: 1 Kg.

Edition size: 200

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Birmingham Central Library was opened in 1974 as part of a new civic centre scheme located in the west of Birmingham’s city centre. The building was designed by architect John Madin as part of a vision to modernise the city. It was the first of a new kind of library which acted as a multi-functional complex including a theatre and lecture rooms and with adaptable spaces to allow for the predicted changes in how public libraries would work in the future. When opened it was the largest non-national library in Europe and its inverted ziggurat form made it one of Birmingham’s most prominent modernist buildings.

John Madin's Birmingham Central Library was demolished in 2016 and sadly lost as an iconic example of British Brutalist architecture. The design was internationally recognised and after many attempts to get listing status preserving the building Birmingham City Council gave permission to demolish and redevelop the site. John Madin's designs helped to transform Birmingham throughout the 1960's and 1970's and our concrete sculpture commemorates the controversial but spectacular architecture of his Central Library.

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