Contentious British Library Achieves Grade 1 Listed Status As Public Opinion Mellows

  • Director of Listing at Historic England, Roger Bowdler, said: “The British Library is one of England’s finest modern public buildings.
  • 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.

    “Historic England has had a really constructive consultation with the British Library throughout.

  • 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.

  • Intended to move and inspire its visitors, the British Library’s London site is much-loved and well-used by scholars and members of the public alike for its soaring and stimulating spaces.


House by Hermansson Hiller Lundberg references Classicism

  • Hermansson Hiller Lundberg – a Stockholm studio made up of architects Andreas Hermansson, Andreas Hiller and Samuel Lundberg – designed the building as a permanent residence for a family.
  • Broad white piers and a colonnade suggest a Classical aesthetic on the facade of this small residence near Stockholm by architecture firm Hermansson Hiller Lundberg (+ slideshow).
  • “The repetition of pillars and the juxtaposition of building elements create a minimalistic complexity,” said Hermansson Hiller Lundberg.
  • These were rendered off-white, with the most prominent surfaces given a smooth surface, while others were left with a rough texture.
  • Walls and ceiling surfaces inside the house have also been rendered off-white, while the floor is polished concrete.