It's been four years since the Library of Birmingham opened its doors to the public and coincidentally I was there last week taking a few photographs. I was there on the opening day and ever since that day I have loved photographing its exterior, interior and also the ever changing views it has from its balconies. However, it had been a long while since I last took photos there, and since I have a much better photo gear these days I decided to go back and try to capture its bright and wide open spaces. These are some of the resulting images.
It houses the most important Shakespeare collection in the UK and it is one of the most important in the world too.
The Library of Birmingham is the largest public library in the UK and its also one of its most popular attractions.
The architect behind its design, Francine Houben, conceived it as what she calls a People's Palace and says that the facade was inspired by Birmingham's metalwork tradition and it is and ode to the circle among other things which embodies unity and timelessness . As you can see from my images circles are present throughout the interiors as well.
All images © Hanny Foxhall Photography