An outline proposal for a drum-shaped Library has been developed. We have demonstrated the suitability of the plan shape: the main test set by the Librarian was an orthogonal structural grid within its basement to allow for the possible future installation of sliding stacks. A solution to the superimposing of the two systems, which optimises both the radial layout on upper floors, and allows efficient orthogonal stacking in the basement, can be seen below on the Ground and Basement floor plans.

Library cross-section
Cross Section

Library ground floor
Ground Floor: Reference material, new acquisitions and library staff area.

Library first floor
First Floor: Current periodicals

Library second floor
Second Floor: Books

Library lower-ground floor
Lower Ground Floor: Periodicals in fixed and sliding stacks, all open access.