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In pictures: AJ celebrates Buildings Library launch

The Architects’ Journal Buildings Library – our new searchable archive featuring over 900 exemplar projects – was launched last night at a party in Clerkenwell

Set to revolutionise architectural research, the AJBL includes drawings, images and data showcasing the work of the UK’s best architects and architectural companies.

Hundreds crowded into TOTO’s Clerkenwell showroom to celebrate the launch, listening to AJ editor Christine Murray introduce the project.

She said: ‘The AJ has long been engaged in the continuing education of architects and architects have always kept our building studies in their office library, or clipped out interesting plans and details to be used again and again.

‘The AJ Buildings Library brings this long tradition into the 21st century, saving you valuable time and money.’

To mark the occasion Floyd Case, TOTO’s specification sales manager, raffled off a selection of the company’s toiletry accessories and recent architectural publications.

Most of the 900 projects currently online are from the past 20 years however new schemes are being added at a rate of 15 to 20 a week.

AJBL editor Tom Ravenscroft said: ‘The sheer range and depth of the projects featured in the library make it the easiest and best place to conduct precedent studies.

‘We hope all practicing architects, and architectural students, will find the database a useful part of the design process.’

AJ columnist Ian Martin concluded the night with a spot of improvised ‘stand-up’ comedy.


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