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

Ringing the changes

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.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment.

Related Jobs

Sign in to see the latest jobs relevant to you!

The searchable digital buildings archive with drawings from more than 1,500 projects

AJ newsletters