An exclusive architect-led, behind the scenes talk and tour of this RIBA Award winning building by ADP Architecture. Discover the story behind the building, what inspired the architect and what it means to have won this prize.
The Laidlaw Library is the first building by the University of Leeds to address the public realm in 65 years. Flanked by two Grade II listed stone churches, and close to the Grade I listed Parkinson Building, the new Library uses contemporary materials and technology to respond to this historic context. The finished building is an elegant and precise structure, sitting discreetly in its urban setting. The composition of old and new is a delight. Solid and void are combined to ensure that natural light and ventilation provide an environmentally responsible solution to the needs of users.