Bournemouth Central Library

Architect: Building Design Partnership
Fabricator: St Gobain Solaglas
Awards: Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award, British Construction Industry Awards
Civic Trust Award Commendation
Products: MC grid and facetted curtain walling

Large spans of Technal’s specially adapted MC curtain walling have been used for an imaginative, award-winning library scheme that has challenged conventional design.

Finished in silver, the curtain walling from the MC suite has created a sense of transparency for the acclaimed new Bournemouth Library and a light, airy interior. The glazing is facetted around the main entrance and to the side, achieving a subtle concave curve under the roofline.

Special caps accentuate the vertical sections to add further interest to the external envelope and demonstrate the design flexibility of this highly versatile system.



The Architect’s Perspective

Keith Papa, Project Architect, Building Design Partnership

“Our aim was to use a high proportion of glazing to create a light, airy interior in keeping with the informality of the space. We wanted a simple, clean system, which would not interfere with the clarity of the architecture and yet would still be sufficiently robust to accommodate such large panes of glass. Technal’s MC system helped us achieve this and gave us the flexibility to emphasise the verticality of the glazed façades, with the use of a pronounced feature cap.”