[First look + project data] CZWG has taken the wraps off this £14 million library project in Canada Water, London
Shaped like an ‘inverted pyramid’, the 2,900m² project for local authority Southwark Council features a 150-seat theatre, cafe and learning spaces.
The aluminium-clad library has been designed to house a collection of 40,000 books and 2,500 DVDs.
CZWG architects partner Piers Gough said: ‘The idea of a free standing object in space is quite appropriate for a library, since it is a portal to the discovery of other worlds.
‘The building celebrates its brilliant location on a new public square, next to a bus and tube station and overlooking Canada Water basin.
‘The library is an indoor public space open to everyone, where you find wonderful things you weren’t necessarily looking for. It is a futuristic Pandora’s Box of possibilities.’
Councillor Peter John, leader of Southwark Council, added: ‘Canada Water library truly is a library for the future.
‘Designed to reflect the changing needs of library users, it is a wonderful and visionary statement of how Southwark values its libraries. I’m delighted to be part of the opening today - it’s a terrific landmark, not only for Southwark but for the entire capital.’
Project name: Canada Water Library, Southwark
Client: Southwark Council
Address: Canada Water library, 21 Surrey Quays Road, London SE16 7AR
Construction Start: Summer 2009
Completion: November 2011
Construction Cost: £14.1 million
Contract Type: GC/Works/1 With Quantities (Traditional)
CZWG completes Canada Water library