Birmingham Library

From end on to thrust stage

A Dutch team, led by Mecanoo Architects in 2008 won the international competition for a prestigious new library with auditorium in Birmingham. The Library will be linked to the existing Birmingham Repertory Theatre that is to be renovated as well. The new auditorium can easily be changed from a classical auditorium into a thrust theatre or theatre-en-ronde. Above the auditorium a tension grid provides a flexible and safe working space for technicians and volunteers.


  • Client Birmingham City Council
  • Architect Mecanoo Architecten
  • Project

    Auditorium in New Library of Birmingham with 300 seats.

  • Awards

    Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award 2015
    Commendation for significant contribution to Town Planning in the West Midlands - Royal Town Planning Institute.

  • Date of completion 2013

Birmingham Library and Repertory Theatre, England

Scope of work Theateradvies®

Auditorium design, flexible auditorium allowing a rapid changeover from end-on to thrust stage, logistics.

Tension grid, fly system, stage lifts, telescopic seating system, stage lighting, AV systems and drapery.