Last week some of the mN team were lucky enough to be invited to attend the reopening of Manchester’s Central Library. Over the last four years the library; which originally opened in 1934 and has a design loosely based on the Pantheon in Rome, has been closed whilst it underwent a radically transformative multi-million pound renovation.
The results are impressive – it’s an amazing contemporary space for everyone to use and now has 70% of the building open to the public. Previously only 30% could be accessed by members of the community.
The library’s original features including the iconic dome in the Reading Room have been lovingly restored and sit alongside new elements including a Media Lounge full of Macs for people to come and play with, a business library and the interactive Archives+.
Also included within the refurbished library are pieces of work that we were commissioned to design by Manchester City Council. These include a 30ft video wall for the Media Lounge, which will serve up all kinds of information to library visitors from tweets to details about events taking place. The video wall screens are powered by ‘Cord’ the digital screen management system created by mN. Cord was first used in the on-street wayfinding ‘MiGuide’ screens that installed across Manchester City Centre in late 2013 and have helped hundreds of thousands of people find useful location based information around the City.
Cord is also powering wall-mounted screens on each floor of the library and will be used in other formats in the library and beyond over the coming months.
If you get a chance to go and spend time at the library we really recommend you do and tell us what you think at @mNwork.