British Library London Building

British Library Building Listing, London 20th Century Architecture, Image, Project, Date, Picture

British Library London Building

Euston Road Architecture, London, England, UK – design by Colin St John Wilson, architect

3 Aug 2015

British Library Building Listing

Date: 1997
Architect: Colin St John Wilson

British Library Listed at Grade I

1 August 2015 – The British Library has been listed at Grade I by the Heritage Minister, Tracey Crouch, on the advice of Historic England. Additionally, seven later 20th century libraries have been listed at Grade II.

British Library Building London

The British Library is arguably the most significant new public building of the later 20th century in England. Its architecture is both immense and extraordinary and its warmth and quality of spaces, finishes and sculpture have made it a much-admired building. It is set back in a stately fashion behind the distinctive brick piazza and portico and holds its own amongst a parade of Grade I buildings: St Pancras Hotel and Station and King’s Cross Station.

British Library Building interior

Heritage Minister Tracey Crouch said: “The British Library divided opinion from the moment its design was revealed, but I am glad that expert advice now allows me to list it, ensuring that its iconic design is protected for future generations to enjoy.”

Euston Road Building London Euston Road Building BL Building London
pictures © Nick Weall

Roger Bowdler, Director of Listing at Historic England, said: “The British Library Building in London is one of England’s finest modern public buildings. Listing it at Grade I acknowledges its outstanding architectural and historic interest. Colin St John Wilson’s stately yet accessible design incorporates fine materials and a generous display of public art. The Library’s dramatic and carefully considered interiors achieve its ultimate goal: of creating a space to inspire thought and learning.

British Library London British Library building London BL building London
photos © Adrian Welch

“Historic England has had a really constructive consultation with the British Library throughout. The way it has been listed celebrates its qualities, and points out just what does make it special. This will enable it to go on flourishing as a dynamic public building, in which appropriate change is welcomed.
“It joins a select group of other listed post-war public libraries on the National Heritage List for England. Even in today’s digital age, there is a clear future for these buildings. They illustrate a wide range of architectural styles, and together represent the very best in public architecture.”

Source: British Library London Building Listing

7 Nov 2012

British Library

Location: Euston Road, north of the city centre

Date: 1997

Architect: Colin St John Wilson

Address: 96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB

Phone: 0843 208 1144

BL Building Euston Road Building London British Library building
photos © Adrian Welch

Entry gate designed by Lida and David Kindersley:
British Library Entry gate
photo © AW

British Library architect : Colin St John Wilson

British Library Extension – Centre for Conservation, north London
Date: 2007
Design: Long & Kentish with Colin St John Wilson

BL Centre for Conservation Building
photo © Nick Weall

British Library architect : Colin St John Wilson


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British Library building photographs taken with Panasonic DMC-FX01 lumix camera; Leica lense: 2816×2112 pixels – original photos available upon request: info(at)e-architect.co.uk

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