The past and present are re-enacted throughout the architecture of the historic town centre of Shrewsbury as newer buildings are integrated with older ones. The design was influenced by the urban geography and historical stratification of Shrewsbury and helps one consider the building and its surroundings as a whole. The Library acts as a unifying agent between the town and park, establishing a cohesive urban environment by extending and emulating the main axis through town and framing views of the surrounding urban artefacts.
The site of the Library is exposed on all sides without being defined by either river or road. These conditions led to a sculptural building form without a dominant façade. The monolithic appearance and composition is accentuated by the use of pigmented in-situ board-formed concrete which simultaneously responds to the surrounding context.
The building offers an array of adaptable open-plan spaces varying in size and each possessing a unique character. The interiors hold an introspective atmosphere through the use of space, light and texture allowing for a contemplative place to work, socialise and learn for the people of Shrewsbury.