John McAslan + Partners has taken the wraps off this new library at Camberwell Green in south London
The £2 million scheme sits on vacant council-owned land next to Camberwell Green and Camberwell Magistrates Court.
The library features three main elements: an entrance space, a pedestrian spine and the forecourt in front of the court.
The main entrance is characterised by large windows with deep reveals that provide a seating area.
Inside the 804m2 building is a children’s library on the ground floor, and on the mezzanine level above are staff areas and a quiet study space.
The first floor, which is connected by an American oak staircase, contains meeting rooms.
Hannah Lawson, project director at John McAslan + Partners, commented: ’Our design responds to the new library’s pivotal location on Camberwell Green, optimising views both into and out of the building. The newly created public realm provides a prominent civic setting for the new building and will be a dynamic focal point for the local community.’
Camberwell Library by John McAslan + Partners
Source: Edmund Sumner
Location Camberwell, south London
Type of project library
Client London Borough of Southwark
Architect John McAslan + Partners
Landscape architect John McAslan + Partners
Engineer Haskin Robinson Waters
Contractor Balfour Beatty
Services consultant Elementa Consulting
Sustainability consultant Elementa Consulting
Acoustic engineer RBA Acoustics
Value £2 million