Peckham Library is a library and community building situated in Peckham in south-east London. It was designed by Alsop and Störmer, engineered by AKT II and won the Stirling Prize for Architecture in 2000.
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.
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 center.
Address: 122 Peckham Hill St
ZIP: SE15 5JR
Square Feet: 2,300 m2
Basement: Unit Base and Car Park