By continuing to use the site you agree to our Privacy & Cookies policy

Your browser seems to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser.

Close

Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Close

A terminal solution to close the book on our library of problems

News that the British Library needs extensive repairs after only five years has provoked the usual hysterical response from the reading classes, most of whom cling forcefully to the belief that the solution to all architectural problems is, as Quinlan Terry once put it, 'a stout slate roof on four stone walls'. Given that the Scandinavian-esque British Library comes pretty close to that definition in any case, it does come as a bit of a shock to find that the so-called 'extensive repairs'mostly

GET INSTANT ACCESS

for less than 46p a day

Join thousands of professionals who already subscribe to the Architects' Journal.
You’ll get instant access to read this article -
and 53,000+ articles like it.

  • Trusted industry news & analysis, wherever you need itUnlimited online access and weekly magazine delivery – now also available on iPad/iPhone
  • Get ideas, get inside buildings and check precedentsBuildings Library – images, drawings and plans for exemplar projects in British architecture
  • Planning & regulation – what you need to know Protect your practice - the AJ keeps you up-to-date with changes to regulations and legislation
SUBSCRIBE & GET INSTANT ACCESS
or
The searchable digital buildings archive with drawings from more than 1,500 projects

AJ newsletters