This is the first-ever glimpse inside the long-awaited new Library of Birmingham.
As the first anniversary of building work nears, the Birmingham Post has been given an exclusive glimpse into the future of the much-debated building.
The images, produced by architects Mecanoo, show a concept view of the new outdoor amphitheatre in Centenary Square, which will provide the space for outdoor performance and activity which can be viewed from onlookers above.
This is also the first look at the central rotunda, which operates as a main focal point of the building, featuring a wall of books across several floors.
Wide travelators and escalators provide links between floors, while spacious public areas are flooded with natural light.
Meanwhile, work continues on the development, with the main service cores now in place and the lower floor structures beginning to take shape
Mike Whitby, leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “I helped start the building work at the Library of Birmingham in January amid weather conditions not dissimilar to those we have seen recently, and it’s remarkable to see how much progress has been made since then.
“The project is running on time and with savings in the budget, and this is testament to the hard work of the project team and our construction partners.”
New features to be included in the library include a teenage zone for young people to relax and a contemplation room for prayer and quiet thought. The building will also boast two garden terraces, providing the idyllic setting to read, relax, or to enjoy the stunning views across the city.