Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

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

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Ringing the changes

  • Comment

Year in review: 2013 Building of the Year

In an online vote, AJ readers have overwhelmingly selected Mecanoo’s 10-storey mega-library at Centenary Square in Birmingham (AJ 27.09.13) as their Building of the Year. Clad with a skin of aluminium rings, this piece of civic bling replaces John Madin’s soon-to-be-demolished Brutalist Central Library.

In a year in which the refreshed Park Hill made the Stirling Prize shortlist and the development of another Brutalist landmark, the Southbank Centre, made headline news, was Madin’s inverted ziggurat really too impractical to save? Still, with its new building Birmingham has made a bold civic statement at a time when financial pressures are forcing cities across the UK to close their libraries.

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.