The British Library

The British Library, the UK’s largest public building of the century, opened in 1997. It took a staggering thirty-six years to take the project from inception to opening, largely due to government meddling. Today, the library remains one of the largest in the world – a little hard to believe on first sight. The huge structure is an iceberg of sorts, reaching thirty metres down by way of five underground floors.

Its architect Colin St John Wilson put considerable effort into softening the giant scale. The façade is clad in the same Leicester brick as the neighbouring St Pancras Station and the building’s profile is gradually stepped down. Although these measures did little to stop crude comments from the press, Prince Charles (as ever) and Parliament. Wilson’s career was over before the Queen cut the ribbon. He dissolved his partnership and went to work at his wife’s practice.

Signed A3 / A4 print 
High quality print on 170gsm matt paper 
A4 sturdy frame from FSC certified wood 
Delivered in a board backed envelope (A4) or a postal tube (A3)
Printed and send from London



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A3 – 42x30cm, A4 – 30x21cm


A3 White Frame (+£21), A4 White frame (+£13), No frame