|From The Big Picture|
The Great Court (pictured) was once an open space, but in 1857 the Reading Room was built in the center. Other buildings followed and slowly the courtyard was obscured. In 1997 the Library Department was moved to a new facility in St Pancras and Lord Foster won the contract to redesign this lost courtyard. The new Great Court with its glass roof was opened in December 2000 and is, for me, one of the most amazing open spaces in the whole city.