Birmingham Library and Penter pavers

Birmingham Library pavers

Birmingham’s city centre library scheme used Wienerberger's beautiful clay pavers to dramatic effect.

Birmingham Library pavers - a reflection of history

From the moment that it was unveiled in September 2013, the unique architectural design of Birmingham’s city centre library has captured the imagination of the British public.

Client: Birmingham Library
Architect: Mecanoo
Products: Dragfaced Chamfered Blue and Multi Brindled pavers, Essen Red and Hannover Buff Brindled pavers

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The scheme utilises clay pavers, which has transformed Centenary Square, the largest public square in the heart of Birmingham.
 
The design has co-ordinated the square into three distinct realms: monumental, cultural and entertainment. These palazzos illustrate important periods in the history of the city, this is also articulated in the façade of overlapping aluminum rings on the building, which reflects the artisan tradition of the jeweler within Birmingham.

 

Birmingham Library - Multi Brindled, Blue Dragfaced, Essen & Hannover Buff

Birmingham Library - Multi Brindled, Blue Dragfaced, Essen & Hannover Buff

The pavers themselves, chosen for their striking colours, are in keeping with both the surrounding paved area and the building’s aesthetic, and are 200mm x 100mm x 62mm Dragfaced Chamfered Blue and Multi Brindled pavers, Essen Red and the Hannover Buff Brindled paver. This combination was used to create the ‘red line’ to lead pedestrians into Centenary Square. The use of clay to create this pattern means that the distinct colour will be retained for the life span of the paver and like other natural products the clay’s colour will even be more vibrant when wet.
 
The paving has been flexibly laid using traditional methods in a variety of bonds, including stretcher and herringbone. Within the solidity of the overall structure, the effect is to give the impression of one space flowing into the next; contrasting the hustle and bustle of the outside streets with the serenity of the study spaces that overlook the surrounding paved area.

 


 

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Birmingham Library and Penter pavers

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Birmingham Library - Multi Brindled, Blue Dragfaced, Essen & Hannover Buff

Birmingham Library - Multi Brindled, Blue Dragfaced, Essen & Hannover Buff

Birmingham Library - Multi Brindled, Blue Dragfaced, Essen & Hannover Buff

Birmingham Library - Multi Brindled, Blue Dragfaced, Essen & Hannover Buff

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