Earlier this month, The Warburg Institute celebrated its official ground-breaking for the Warburg Renaissance Building Project with the project's key sponsors and supporters. The Hermann Reemtsma Stiftung gifted the Institute a ceremonial spade with the coats of arms of London and Hamburg attached to the handle, a reminder not just of our shared history but of the project’s promise to create a shared future.

Model by Ellie Sampson, Haworth Tompkins. On display in the Warburg Library Reading Room.

Architects Haworth Tompkins joined the celebration (as well as their stunning model, now on display in the Warburg Library Reading Room). And the occasion gave the project's contractors, Quinn London, a chance to introduce themselves and share their plans for the first phase of construction. The coming weeks will see the entire building covered with scaffolding and the preparation of Floors 3 and 4 for their new furnishings and finishes. As the spaces are cleared, the beauty of the building is really coming through.