Images, drawings and data for exemplar projects in British architecture

What is the AJ Buildings Library?

The AJ Buildings Library is a digital database that showcases hundreds of exemplar projects, most from the last 20 years but including major projects back to 1900.

Architects can search for projects by age, cost, architect, building type, footprint, location, and a combination of these. For instance ‘School built for less than £10m’ or ‘Offices between 1,000m² and 5,000m² from the last ten years’ and ‘Working details of external sliding doors’.

Each project featured in this paid-for digital service has full project data (more than 20 items of information) and comprehensive architectural photographs and drawings (plans, elevation, section) – all provided at high resolution.

Drawings can be downloaded and printed out to their original scale. NB Vector pdfs and CAD files are not available for download and all copyrighted images are protected.

The database is continuing to grow. The dedicated Buildings Library Editor is requesting and publishing dozens of new projects every month, as well as pulling classic schemes from the AJ archives.

To find out more about subscribing to the AJ Buildings Library contact Janine Mercer.

To include your practice’s project in the AJ Buildings Library contact Tom Ravenscroft.

“It’s the kind of thing that might get used five or six times a day. We regularly send people to the RIBA library to get information on old projects — ease of access would have real value.”

Graham Morrison, Allies and Morrison