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British Library fails to meet the challenge of the Internet age

Of all the great English architectural tragedies of the last century, the greatest by far must be the British Library. It may be in use, but it is far from being the established British institution it was intended to be. Designed by Colin St John Wilson, the library stands on and dives beneath what was a Victorian goods yard adjoining London's St Pancras Station. It was, when completed in 1867, the largest clear-spanning structure in the world. Wilson's library is an equally massive ...

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