Skip to main content

Goodbye Birmingham Central Library


Unfortunately work has started today on demolishing John Madin's iconic 1974 brutalist gem, Birmingham Central Library. Although there have been many trying to oppose the demolition and give new life to this amazing building ultimately the developers and council have won. Aware that the old library was due for demolition I visited Birmingham in October last year to add it to my Beautiful Brutalism project.

Having only seen it in photographs it was a joy to see in real life and to photograph it myself. It is a really impress building with great use of concrete, I spent about 3hours exploring and photographing the site. I was drawn in by the bold geometry and of course the famous inverted ziggurat, which I believe is/was the only example left in the world. The scale of the building is amazing and inside the open atrium, with the cantilevered floors of the library, was beautiful.

After just 40 years to demolish this building is very narrow minded, it could have been re-used and given a new lease of life but instead a generic development of shops, offices and public spaces will be built so that Birmingham City Centre will look like every other city centre in the UK. I'm glad I got to visit and photograph it but having the building remain for years to come as a great example of Brutalist Architecture would have been a better outcome.











My Beautiful Brutalism project and the rest of the images of Birmingham Central Library can be seen here.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Welbeck Street Car Park due for demolition

"In summary the existing car park building has no particular aesthetic or historic value, and detracts from the setting of nearby heritage assets by virtue of it's bland and uninspired elevational treatment"
KM Heritage Consultant 2017


The inevitable has happened and yesterday, Thursday 10th August, Westminster Council approved the demolition of Welbeck Street Car Park. Although it has been on the table for a long time it's such a shame that yet another stunning piece of brutalist architecture will be destroyed to make room for a bland, non-descript hotel with no particular aesthetic value. I still can't understand how Historic England and the heritage consultants used can't see it's aesthetic quality or structural ingenuity and therefore listing it so it might survive just a bit longer. It will be a great loss!

I have been shooting the last few months of it's life since March and hope to undertake a few more shoot…

Photography on a Postcard Artist

I'm very proud to announce that I have been chosen as one of the Photography on a Postcard Artist. The above image from my Beautiful Brutalism project will be on sale along with lots of other upcoming and more well known photographers. The public will be able to purchase a ticket guaranteeing them a photograph, although they won’t know which card they have won until the show closes on the 27th October. Each photograph will be an edition of one and will come with a signed certificate of authenticity. All the money raised will go to The Hepatitis C Trust’s campaign to eliminate hepatitis C from the UK by the year 2030. Hopefully a lot of money will be raised for this great charity.

For more information about Photography on a Postcard please click on the link and information about the exhibition can be seen here.

Ode to Welbeck Photography featured in Parking Review

The Latest issue of Parking Review (September 2017) has published a lovely feature on my Ode to Welbeck photography project. Welbeck also made the front cover which is great to see! I'm so glad the demolition of this beautiful car park is getting so much coverage and to see how much love it has. Still can't believe it can't be saved, disgraceful.

You can view a snippet of the article here. Or to view the whole photography project please visit my website.