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Library of Birmingham Competition

Library of Birmingham Competition

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People

  • Foreign Office Architects (creator)
  • Foreign Office Architects (archive creator)

Title

Library of Birmingham Competition

Dates of creation

2008

Level of archival description

Project

Extent and Medium

  • 100 printouts
  • 7 books
  • 1 digital file
  • 0.10 l.m. textual records

Scope and Content

File documents an unsuccessful entry for the Library for the City of Birmingham international competition, England. The project called for the delivery of a library on a shared site with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, on Centenary Square, and the Foreign Office Architects were shortlisted along with 6 other architectural practices (Foster and Partners, Hopkins Architects, Mecanoo, OMA, Schmidt Hammer Lassen and Wilkinson Eyre) in March 2008. In early August 2008, Mecanoo and multi-discipline engineers, Buro Happold, were announced as the winner of the design competition. Material in this file was produced between 1999 and 2008.

File includes competition documentation issued by Birmingham City Council and Birmingham Developments, preliminary design material, an execution proposal by the Foreign Office Architects, and copies of plans by Hickton Madeley Architects, Cameron Taylor and S. T. Walker + Partners Architects.

Reference Number

AP171.S1.2008.D7

Location

Birmingham West Midlands England United Kingdom

Credit line

Foreign Office Architects fonds
Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
Don de Farshid Moussavi et Alejandro Zaera-Polo/
Gift of Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera-Polo

Language of material

Documents are in English.

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    • Reference Number: ARCH270474
    • Title: Material related to the Library of Birmingham competition
    • Dates of creation: 2006-2007
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Foreign Office Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    This group consists of material related to the Library of Birmingham competition, Birmingham, England. It includes:

    - A copy of a request for proposal by the Foreign Office Architects for the Library of Birmingham that consists of images of existing libraries built by other architects, n.d., 34 sheets, bound with a metal clip;

    - Copies of plans and images by Hickton Madeley Architects for the Birmingham Library, dated between 20 November 2006 and 4 January 2007, 28 sheets, stapled;

    - Copies of site plans by Cameron Taylor and S. T. Walker + Partners Architects for the Library of Birmingham, 8 sheets; stapled;

    - Copies of site plans, floor plans, sections and elevations by an unknown author for the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, n.d., 12 sheets, stapled.

    Quantity / Object type:

    82 printout(s)

    Dimensions:

    sheets: 29.9 × 42.2 cm (11 3/4 × 16 5/8 in.)

    Inscription:

    uninscribed

    Location:

    Birmingham West Midlands England United Kingdom

    Credit line:

    Foreign Office Architects fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Farshid Moussavi et Alejandro Zaera-Polo/
    Gift of Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera-Polo

    Folder Number:

    171-078-002

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    • Reference Number: ARCH271947
    • Title: A business case prepared by Capita Symonds for the Library of Birmingham
    • Dates of creation: September 2007
    • Form: books
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Foreign Office Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    A business case prepared by Capita Symonds [now Capita Property and Infrastructure] for the Library of Birmingham, England. This case contains sections 1 though 8, see record ARCH271948 for sections 9 through 12.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 book(s)

    Dimensions:

    book: 30 × 23 × 2.3 cm (11 13/16 × 9 1/16 × 7/8 in.)

    Inscription:

    uninscribed

    Location:

    Birmingham West Midlands England United Kingdom

    Credit line:

    Foreign Office Architects fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Farshid Moussavi et Alejandro Zaera-Polo/
    Gift of Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera-Polo

    Language of material:

    - The material is in English.

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    • Reference Number: ARCH271948
    • Title: A business case prepared by Capita Symonds for the Library of Birmingham
    • Dates of creation: September 2007
    • Form: books
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Foreign Office Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    A business case prepared by Capita Symonds [now Capita Property and Infrastructure]for the Library of Birmingham, England. This case contains sections 9 though 12, see record ARCH271947 for sections 1 through 8.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 book(s)

    Dimensions:

    book: 30 × 23 × 2.3 cm (11 13/16 × 9 1/16 × 7/8 in.)

    Inscription:

    uninscribed

    Location:

    Birmingham West Midlands England United Kingdom

    Credit line:

    Foreign Office Architects fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Farshid Moussavi et Alejandro Zaera-Polo/
    Gift of Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera-Polo

    Language of material:

    - The material is in English.

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    • Reference Number: ARCH271949
    • Title: Preliminary presentation material for the competition to design a library for the city of Birmingham
    • Dates of creation: ca. 2008
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Foreign Office Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    This file contains preliminary presentation material by the Foreign Office Architects for the competition to design a library for the city of Birmingham, England. It consists of 100 printouts that includes imagery, presentation text, and diagrams, most of which have been inscribed with proposed edits and project notes.

    Quantity / Object type:

    100 printout(s)

    Dimensions:

    records: 0.01 l.m.

    Physical Description:

    - This material was removed from a plastic file folder for conservation purposes.

    Location:

    Sheffield Yorkshire England United Kingdom

    Credit line:

    Foreign Office Architects fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Farshid Moussavi et Alejandro Zaera-Polo/
    Gift of Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera-Polo

    Language of material:

    - The material is in English.

    Folder Number:

    171-123-001

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    • Reference Number: ARCH271950
    • Title: A pre-qualification questionnaire document
    • Dates of creation: February 2008
    • Form: books
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Foreign Office Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    A "Pre-Qualification Questionnaire for the Appointment of the Design Team" by the FOA Consortium for the Library of Birmingham competition, England.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 book(s)

    Dimensions:

    book: 30 × 23 × 2.3 cm (11 13/16 × 9 1/16 × 7/8 in.)

    Inscription:

    uninscribed

    Location:

    Birmingham West Midlands England United Kingdom

    Credit line:

    Foreign Office Architects fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Farshid Moussavi et Alejandro Zaera-Polo/
    Gift of Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera-Polo

    Language of material:

    - The material is in English.

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    • Reference Number: ARCH271951
    • Title: Project information and reports for the Library of Birmingham competition
    • Dates of creation: 2005-2008
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Foreign Office Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    This file contains project information and reports for the Library of Birmingham competition, England. It includes a project update that annouces the architectural practices shortlisted for the competition, a "Central Library - Options Appraisal" report dated January 2005, and sections 1 through 9 of a Library of Birmingham Business Case report by Capita Symonds.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 textual record(s)

    Dimensions:

    records: 0.02 l.m.

    Physical Description:

    - The material is bound with a metal clip.

    Location:

    Birmingham West Midlands England United Kingdom

    Credit line:

    Foreign Office Architects fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Farshid Moussavi et Alejandro Zaera-Polo/
    Gift of Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera-Polo

    Language of material:

    - The material is in English.

    Folder Number:

    171-123-002

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    • Reference Number: ARCH271952
    • Title: Notes from Foreign Office Architects' design-coordination and design team meetings
    • Dates of creation: April 2008
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Foreign Office Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    This file contains notes from Foreign Office Architects' design-coordination and design team meetings, printouts of emails and project information for the Library of Birmingham competition, England.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 textual record(s)

    Dimensions:

    records: 0.03 l.m.

    Physical Description:

    - The material is bound with a metal clip and many pages are marked with notes on coloured post-it notes.

    Location:

    Birmingham West Midlands England United Kingdom

    Credit line:

    Foreign Office Architects fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Farshid Moussavi et Alejandro Zaera-Polo/
    Gift of Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera-Polo

    Language of material:

    - The material is in English.

    Folder Number:

    171-123-003

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    • Reference Number: ARCH271953
    • Title: Documents produced by the Foreign Office Architects for the Library of Birmingham competition
    • Dates of creation: between May and June 2008
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Foreign Office Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    This file contains documents produced by the Foreign Office Architects for the Library of Birmingham competition, England. It includes a fee proposal (20 May 2008), and a set of responses to post-interview questions (15 June 2008).

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 textual record(s)

    Dimensions:

    records: 0.01 l.m.

    Physical Description:

    - The documents are bound with metal clips.

    Location:

    Birmingham West Midlands England United Kingdom

    Credit line:

    Foreign Office Architects fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Farshid Moussavi et Alejandro Zaera-Polo/
    Gift of Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera-Polo

    Language of material:

    - The material is in English.

    Folder Number:

    171-123-004

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    • Reference Number: ARCH271954
    • Title: Records produced by the Foreign Office Architects for the Library of Birmingham competition
    • Dates of creation: between April and July 2008
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Foreign Office Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    This file contains records produced by the Foreign Office Architects for the Library of Birmingham competition, England. It includes project notes, printouts of emails, project information and reference material.

    - This material was removed from a ring binder for conservation purposes. This material is group 1 of 3, see records ARCH271955 (group 2 of 3) and ARCH271956 (group 3 of 3).

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 textual record(s)

    Dimensions:

    records: 0.02 l.m.

    Physical Description:

    - This material was removed from a plastic ring binder for conservation purposes. The binder was labeled, "Library of Birmingham / Competition / Birmingham City Council / 185-01 / 2008"

    Location:

    Birmingham West Midlands England United Kingdom

    Credit line:

    Foreign Office Architects fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Farshid Moussavi et Alejandro Zaera-Polo/
    Gift of Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera-Polo

    Language of material:

    - The material is in English.

    Folder Number:

    171-123-005

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    • Reference Number: ARCH271955
    • Title: Textual records related for the Library of Birmingham competition, England
    • Dates of creation: 2006-2008
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Foreign Office Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    This file contains textual records related for the Library of Birmingham competition, England. It includes copies of Foreign Office Architects' health and safety manuals, a RIBA quality manual, project notes and and project information issued by the Birmingham City Council and Birmingham Developments.


    - This material was removed from a ring binder for conservation purposes. This material is group 2 of 3, see records ARCH271954 (group 1 of 3) and ARCH271956 (group 3 of 3).

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 textual record(s)

    Dimensions:

    records: 0.02 l.m.

    Physical Description:

    - This material was removed from a plastic ring binder for conservation purposes. The binder was labeled, "Library of Birmingham / Competition / Birmingham City Council / 185-01 / 2008"

    Location:

    Birmingham West Midlands England United Kingdom

    Credit line:

    Foreign Office Architects fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Farshid Moussavi et Alejandro Zaera-Polo/
    Gift of Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera-Polo

    Language of material:

    - The material is in English.

    Folder Number:

    171-123-006

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    • Reference Number: ARCH271956
    • Title: Documents produced by the Foreign Office Architects for the Library of Birmingham competition
    • Dates of creation: 1999-2008
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Foreign Office Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    This file contains documents produced by the Foreign Office Architects for the Library of Birmingham competition, England. It includes project information, reference material on libraries and an issue of The Architects Journal (11 November 1999) which profiles improvements being made to the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

    - This material was removed from a ring binder for conservation purposes. This material is group 3 of 3, see records ARCH271954 (group 1 of 3) and ARCH271955 (group 2 of 3).

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 textual record(s)

    Dimensions:

    records: 0.02 l.m.

    Physical Description:

    - This material was removed from a plastic ring binder for conservation purposes. The binder was labeled, "Library of Birmingham / Competition / Birmingham City Council / 185-01 / 2008"

    Location:

    Birmingham West Midlands England United Kingdom

    Credit line:

    Foreign Office Architects fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Farshid Moussavi et Alejandro Zaera-Polo/
    Gift of Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera-Polo

    Language of material:

    - The material is in English.

    Folder Number:

    171-123-007

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    • Reference Number: ARCH271957
    • Title: An execution proposal by the Foreign Office Architects for the Library of Birmingham
    • Dates of creation: 20 May 2008
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Foreign Office Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    This portfolio contains an execution proposal by the Foreign Office Architects for the Library of Birmingham, England. The proposal includes 2 books, one titled "Execution Proposal", and one titled, "Extended Method Statement".

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 portfolio(s)

    Dimensions:

    portfolio: 31 × 26 × 6.5 cm

    Physical Description:

    - The books inside of the portfolio have metal spiral bindings.

    Inscription:

    uninscribed

    Location:

    Birmingham West Midlands England United Kingdom

    Credit line:

    Foreign Office Architects fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Farshid Moussavi et Alejandro Zaera-Polo/
    Gift of Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera-Polo

    Language of material:

    - The material is in English.

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    • Reference Number: ARCH275143
    • Title: Familiarisation Day presentation
    • Dates of creation: ca. 2008
    • Form: born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Foreign Office Architects (creator)
    • Foreign Office Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    Complete contents of CD-R ARCH270636. A 76 page presentation/report titled, "Library of Birmingham Familiarisation Day" by the Library of Birmingham. Original file name: "Familiarisation Day.pdf".

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 digital file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 digital file (29.5 MB)

    Credit line:

    Foreign Office Architects fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Farshid Moussavi et Alejandro Zaera-Polo/
    Gift of Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera-Polo

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