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Peckham Library Building

Public Facility in South London, England design by Will Alsop Architect

page updated 24 Sep 2016

Peckham Library Building News

Peckham Library, Southwark, south London, UK
Date built: 1999
Design: Alsop & Stormer, Architects

Peckham Library Building by Will Alsop
photograph : Fin Fahey, courtesy wikimedia commons

Stirling Prize winner 2000

Bold, colourful building with learning pods inside. Primary external material is pre-patinated copper. The building sits up over a square using angled columns.

Peckham Library by Will Alsop
photo by Ross, CC BY-SA 2.0,

Peckham Library architect : Will Alsop

This library and community building is located in south-east London. It was engineered by AKT II and won the prestigious Stirling Prize for Architecture in 2000.

It is a striking building best imagined as an inverted capital letter ‘L’. The upper part is supported by thin steel pillars set at random angles.

The Stirling prize judges were impressed with the building’s approach. Architect Will Alsop has taken the plan footprint of a conventional library and elevated it. This creates a public space beneath the building and also allows the reading space to be distanced from street level noise. The remaining, supporting buildings on the ground and 1st floors house the information and media centre.

Peckham Library by architect Will Alsop
photo by Malc McDonald, CC BY-SA 2.0,

Peckham Library, 122 Peckham Hill Street, London SE15 5JR, UK

Location: 122 Peckham Hill Street, London SE15 5JR, England, UK

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In 2016 a new flats development proposal by Carl Turner Architects aims to replace this structure.
Extract from a comment on the planning application:
“The proposals for redevelopment remove the square’s role as a focal point….the current arch has a good visual relationship with the Library and the Leisure Centre.”

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