A major refurbishment used our Secco high insulating steel doors, in order to restore and open up the Library to the public after the digital revolution once ended its use.
The Bodleian Library is situated in the heart of Oxford’s historic core, the New Bodleian Library originally designed in the 1930’s by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, has been completely refurbished with an £80 million investment and recently re-opened after a four year build program. The new Bodleian Library has created an identity of its own under the new name of Weston Library.
The complex refurbishment focus on three key objectives:
- Upgrade the building’s structures and research facilities
- Improve the quality of the book storage
- Opening up the library to the outside world and the surrounding environment
The large 15.5 metres high entrance hall floods the gallery with natural light, therefore it was a key design factor that bespoke steel doors maximises large extravagant opening using slim framing. The EBE 65 Secco door system was chosen for the thin profiles, high thermal and acoustic performances and large sizes available making it the ideal system for a beautiful and eco-sustainable construction.
To reach the initial design objectives, the entrance from the street has been completely transformed with bespoke steel doors. The whole south façade has been redesigned creating a new entrance opening up directly on to the steps and an integrated ramp with immediate access to the street.
The tall glazed art deco style doors, central to the entrance was finished in an architectural bronze for an elegant and resistant material harmoniously fitting in with the surrounding historical buildings.
A comment from the architects, WilkinsonEyre:
“The transformation of the New Bodleian into an exciting and dynamic resource for the university and the general public will serve to better integrate the building into this wider complex and encourage greater access and engagement.”
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