Posted by: rowenawilcox | May 25, 2010

Cardiff Central Library scoops two prestigious design awards

Cardiff Central Library has been given two overdue titles this week – a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) award for design and a Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) award for sustainability.

It is “bold and colourful”, according to RIBA and the prize acknowledges the design of the library that opened in March, last year, as part of a wider multi-million pound redevelopment scheme in the city centre.
RIBA were particularly impressed with its, “theatrical arrival sequence that allows the visitor time to take in their surroundings and orientate themselves”.
The RICS award was in the sustainability category and judges said: “This building is an inspiration to the staff and library users and is a model of best practice for developments in the future.”

The 55,000 sq foot, six-storey building has a green roof and to, “provide rainwater retention, reduce heat gain during summer and improve thermal insulation during winter,” according to the site set up to document its progress during the construction phase..
Since opening in March 2009, Cardiff Central Library has received high praise from a variety of sources, and was recently named as one of the six best libraries in the world by the Sunday Times travel magazine.

If it continues to earn praise and receive awards, it’ll soon have more titles added to its name that it will hold on its shelves.


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