FaulknerBrowns Architects were invited by Manchester City Council to participate in a limited design competition for the transformation of Manchester's Central Library.
We developed a bold yet simple concept for the new library. The existing building is arranged with the majority of its content in an un-accessible repository, creating a dead core. Our design ambition was to reverse this concept by bringing the public into the core of the building thereby creating a new heart for the library which is surrounded by knowledge.
In our design solution the Great Room has the old floors removed and replaced by new floor segments allowing a greater appreciation of this impressive architectural space within the new design solution.