These striking architects’ impressions show how the new Library of Birmingham could have looked.
The archive images date back to early 2006 when Birmingham City Council’s then leader, Coun Mike Whitby, was seeking ideas for a world-class building capable of housing a library fit for the 21st century.
The drawings were submitted by architects Make Architects - founded by Ken Shuttleworth, Glenn Howells and Adjaye Associates.
The invitation to design a building in Centenary Square put paid to an alternative proposal, drawn up four years beforehand by the council’s former Labour leadership, for a £179.5 million library at Eastside designed by Lord Richard Rogers.
Dutch architecture practice Mecanoo ultimately won the contract to design the £188 million Library of Birmingham which opened in September 2013.