The Frederick Lanchester Library forms part of Coventry University. It has a gross floor area of
9 100 m² and is unusual in that, although it is a deep-plan building occupying a 50 m by 50 m
footprint, it is ventilated naturally with no artificial cooling, except for a separate basement area
which is air-conditioned. Figures 1 and 2 show the general layout of the building.
By its nature the building has a large number of transient occupants. At the design stage 2 500 entries per
day were anticipated. In practice, this has increased to 5 000. In addition a number of staff work permanently
in the building. The building is open for use for approximately 4 000 hours per year.