Library of Birmingham Blog 15

By on 07/02/2011 in Blog

gamblesHead of Birmingham Libraries Service Brian Gambles with the latest in a series of blogs looking at the exciting £193million Library of Birmingham project.

Last week was a standout seven days in what has already been an exciting 2011 for the Library of Birmingham.

The ‘flythrough’, a computer-generated video tour of the interior of the LoB, was launched at the Electric Cinema on Thursday 3rd February.

This exciting flythrough video gives the best sense yet of how the new Library will look and feel inside and out. Watch it on Youtube, throught the LoB website or via BBC Birmingham

Lots of media interest, the Guardian is running a feature today (Monday 7th Feb) and the Bookseller and Architects Journal will also run print features. Twitter, blogs and TV and radio coverage has all been really positive.

Onsite, the lights are down in the REP and the doors have now temporarily closed to the public until 2013 as construction work on the theatre side of things gets underway.

The REP’s first offsite show opens today at the atmospheric A E Harris factory in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. The Rememberers is a live, hip-hop graphic novel performed by just one man, Kenny Baraka. The show runs until February 19, go see.

International interest continues too, this week I’m speaking at a conference in Helsinki which combines architecture, design and library functions in a radical new approach to the design of buildings and services, and in March both the City Council and Carillion will be featuring the Library at MIPIM in Cannes, a great property showcase for our achievements.

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