Bentley library by Fashion Architecture Taste

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Architects Fashion Architecture Taste (FAT) have won a competition to design a library and nursery at Walsall, England.

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Here's the announcement from the architects:

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Fat have one a RIBA competition to design a new Library and nursery in Bentley a suburb of Walsall in the West Midlands. The scheme aims to create a new civic landmark.

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The library and study centre are low-rise buildings each with vertical towers that relate to the tower of the nearby Emmanuel Church and frame views of the existing Cairn at the top of a banked landscape behind the site.

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The buildings exterior material is proposed as brick but given a twist so that it is arranged to look like books sitting on stone or concrete ‘ shelves’. The bricks are different colours and are arranged to create a polychromatic effect which graduates over the librarys facade.

According to the judges, FAT's scheme – the practice's first public building – 'responded most closely to the stakeholders' aspirations' and 'would set a design benchmark for future developments in Bentley'.

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Posted on Monday, March 17th, 2008 at 6:25 pm by . See our copyright policy. Before commenting, please read our comments policy.

  • http://www.cafetableaux.com j

    argh! ouch!

    do they spell “won” as “one” in england?

  • kur0yi

    where’s the taste?

  • phatty

    that’s won ugly ass building.

  • K. Rimane

    what’s that? A giant candy box? How did they won the judges choice remains a mystery.
    taste = -1
    beauty = 0.25
    design = 0.01
    colour = -20

  • masterchef

    wow. that looks great. cool use of bricks.

  • http://myweb.dal.ca/wmacivor/portfolio will

    what a convoluted mess. represents almost everything that is wrong with soulless contemporary architecture; first and foremost the fact that it is garnering international press.

  • Tyler

    I think their use of cheap computer modeling has cheapened the design itself. I will reserve judgement until we see some built images, but for now, ick.

  • B.S.

    It’s the paucity of imagination that is its most striking aspect. For all the ‘ha ha, he he – look aren’t we ironic’ – it’s just a very poor building.

  • Bozo

    hah

  • NaRa

    why do you think the third image has been rendered?
    a) some grey translucent people are tryin to do smth with some colorful books
    b) all the windows are diamond shaped but there is a cicular spotlight on the wall
    c) to find Mario Botta is better or Rem Koolhaas is not
    d) you don’t know, may be it’s just pink

  • O

    great as always from FAT

  • ant

    ah – the new ugly…
    its great to see people get so worked up about this design. Its focus on form for form’s sake differs very little from your typical starchitects’ works blogged on dezeen – I think the difference is that FAT knowingly focus on producing an ironic form whereas other architects often retro-actively justify their fantastic creations.
    Its also great to see architects having a bit of fun considering how serious almost all architecture is – this building is going to look great on a overcast wet day in the UK.

  • Morais

    uau, nice renders !!! (joke)… just keep it like this…

  • Yaya

    What a disassssssssterrrr
    what do you expect from a firm called FAT? They can’t be taken seriously.

  • poppins

    agreed that FAT usually manage to expose us to some humour, ugliness and beauty at once…thats why they are memorable, however this design has somehow missed the point in all areas. I don’t find this one amusing, and its beauty has been hidden by the big fat mis-match of forms.

  • muchuanlin

    its great to see people get so worked up about this design. Its focus on form for form’s sake differs very little from your typical starchitects’ works blogged on dezeen – I think the difference is that FAT knowingly focus on producing an ironic form whereas other architects often retro-actively justify their fantastic creations.