This is how Birmingham's new #105 million library planned for Centenary Square could look.
Sandwiched between the Rep Theatre and Baskerville House, the glass-covered structure in either yellow or black would bring a striking modern presence to the heart of the historic civic quarter.
The design is by Ken Shuttleworth, one of three architects asked by the City Council to come up with ideas for a world-class building capable of housing a library fit for the 21st century.
The Shuttleworth option was described as "potentially iconic" by council leader Mike Whitby, who is appealing to the people of Birmingham to have their say on the best design for a library.
Coun Whitby (Con Harborne) said any one of the drawings submitted by architects Ken Shuttleworth, Glenn Howells and Adjaye Associates would provide a facility of which Birmingham could be proud.
The council cabinet will next week finally choose the #147 million split-site library option - siting the lending and reference section in Centenary Square and an archives and family history centre at Millennium Point.
The decision will put paid to an alternative proposal, drawn up four years ago by the council's former Labour leadership, for a #179.5 million library at Eastside designed by Lord Richard Rogers.
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A consultants' report drawn up for the cabinet rejected claims that the running costs of the split-site library would be excessive and that visitors would be inconvenienced by having to travel between the two buildings.
Consultants Invigour said only four per cent of people visiting the library would be expected to use resources from the lending and reference sections and the archive and local history sections on the same day.
Coun Whitby said: "I hope that the very full and detailed consultants' report can finally enable us to draw a line under this debate.
"It is clear beyond all doubt that the two-centre option makes perfect sense, both financially and from the library users' point of view. People have told us they want the main lending and reference section in a central, easily-accessible position and that is exactly what they are going to get.
"The archives and family history centre will not only be of local and national significance, it will also get international recognition. It will enable us to showcase and bring together for the first time in one building archives as diverse as the diaries of James Watt and Birmingham's renowned Shakespeare collection."
The cabinet will be making a serious error by choosing the split-site option, according to Sir Albert Bore, leader of the Labour opposition group.
Sir Albert (Lab Ladywood) said the Invigour report had not adequately answered questions about construction and running costs of the two buildings, nor was there any certainty that the council would succeed in obtaining #55 million PFI funding from the Government.
Sir Albert added: "The designs we see today are merely sketches. They do not take into account all the things you might require in a library building or how you would set things out inside the building.
"I feel we have missed a window of opportunity by not moving forward with the Rogers library at Eastside."