Thursday, March 15, 2007

Towering Information

UL, originally uploaded by Neorelix.

If there's one building that exemplifies Cambridge for me it is the University Library. One of five copyright libraries in the UK (it's entitled to receive a copy of every book and journal published) it pretty much dominates the skyline of the city when viewed from the west. Only Addenbrooke's charnel chimneys match it for prominence. Built 1931-34, it was designed by Giles Gilbert Scott who also designed Bankside power station in London which is now home to Tate Modern– perhaps you can see the similarity... But what most people don't know is that he also designed what is perhaps, alongside the double-decker bus, the pre-eminent icon of 20th Century Britain. I'm assuming you've guessed....