Tome capsule

Basil Spence's iconic Swiss Cottage Library opened to acclaim in 1964. Outside, a thorough cleaning has restored the building's powerful black and white geometric forms while inside John McAslan's sensitive refurbishment has equipped it for the electronic age.

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