Monday, 15 September 2014

Peckham Library - Stirling Prize Winner 2000

Peckham Library - Front
Recently on a day in London I visited Peckham Library - somewhere I had always wanted to take a look.  Designed by Will Alsop of Alsop & Stormer, it won the Stirling Prize for Architectural Innovation in 2000.  It also won a Civic Trust award in 2002 for excellence in public architecture (and in 2001 - the Copper Cladding Award!).  This L shaped box of pre-patinated copper, steel mesh and coloured glass cost £5 million to build and has giant letters in the roof spelling out what it does.  It was commissioned by Southwark Council as part of the regeneration of Peckham.

Peckham Library - Rear
Steel mesh, glass & copper,
Peckham Library pods are meeting or activity rooms
Pod construction
Pod window shutters

View from Peckham Library
Interesting column base

Dome sculpture
Spherical sculpture

It was definitely worth a visit and I particularly liked the pod meeting/activity rooms.  Go visit on a sunny blue sky day to see the colours at their best!

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