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Peckham Library

Winner of the Stirling Prize for Architecture

Peckham Library is a library and community building situated in Peckham in south-east London. It was designed by Alsop and Störmer[1] and won the Stirling Prize for Architecture in 2000.[2]

It is a striking building best imagined as an inverted capital letter 'L', with the upper part supported by thin steel pillars set at apparently random angles. The exterior is clad with pre-patinated copper.[1]

The Stirling prize judges were impressed with the building's approach. Alsop has taken the plan footprint of a conventional library and elevated it to create a public space beneath the building and to remove the quiet reading space from street level noise. The remaining, supporting buildings on the ground and 1st floors house the information and media centre.

The Library opened to the public on March 8, 2000, with an official opening by the Rt Hon Chris Smith, Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport on May 15, 2000.

The building attracted 500,000 visitors in its first year of opening in the wake of its receipt of the prize. This has dropped to approximately 420,000 for 2006.

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References

  1. ^ a b Peckham Library : Architecture Information, e-architect.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-11-12.
  2. ^ Peckham Library & Media Centre, Open University website. Retrieved 2011-11-12.

External links

  • Peckham Library on Southwark Council site
  • Peckham Library & Media Centre architecture page on Open University site
  • Peckham Library, London, UK guide on BBC h2g2 site

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