Year of 2017

The British Museum Reading Room in London

The 25,000 books within the Reading Room all relate to the collection of the British Museum. After the British Library relocated in 1997, the Museum took over this space, restored and restocked it with its own library. Along with that work, the British Museum also commissioned from architect Sir Norman Foster the tessellated glass roof over the Great Court. For more than a century, the Great Court was open to the elements.

The central quadrangle of the British Museum in London was redeveloped to a design by Foster and Partners, from a 1970s design by Colin St John Wilson, to become the Queen Elizabeth II Great Court, commonly referred to simply as the Great Court, during the late 1990s. It was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000.
Architect: Norman Foster