Gallery: Shiny Copper-Clad Hive Library Built to Resist Climate Change ...

Peak cooling is provided by the nearby Severn river

Satisfying a wide range of public services in one compact building, the Worcester library incorporates a host of sustainability features that make the building adaptable to climate change predicted by UK-CIP until 2050. These include seven conical portals that permit natural daylighting and ventilation, a peak cooling system that uses water from the nearby Severn river, and a heating program that converts locally-sourced biomass into energy.

Due to open in July, the library’s green spaces have been planted with hardy indigenous species of plants and laid with sustainably harvested Forest of Dean Pennant stone commonly used in the area. The designers are currently waiting to find out if they will be awarded BREAAM Excellent. In the meantime, the building has already received an A-rated Energy Performance Certificate.

+ Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

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  1. David H September 30, 2012 at 10:12 am

    It is a stunning building, from outside, and helps combat many of Worcester’s ugly buildings. On the other hand, when you consider the totality of the project it has been a waste of tax payer’s money. The organisation of the services inside is terrible, it is infuriating to see the tax money wasted on frivolous features and has caused cuts in other council services. After all that trouble and expense, we are left with a different type of service, but not a better service. Worcester’s Higher Education College wanted a new facility and persuaded the council to pay for it. What was the point if Worcestershire tax payers are not left with better services?

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