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Opened by Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who survived a Taliban assassination attempt and who now lives in the city, the Library of Birmingham met with rave reviews. Designed by Dutch architects Mecanoo with lighting design and engineering by Buro Happold, the building described by Mecanoo’s Francine Houben as “a people’s palace”, makes a bold statement coupled with a BREEAM Excellent rating.