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Canada Water Library

A civic centrepiece for the regeneration of the area around Canada Water. Its inverted pyramid form is an innovative response to providing an efficient single large library floor on a smaller footprint site.

Architect

CZWG

Date

2011

21 Surrey Quays Road SE16 7AR

Sat 9am-5pm/Sun 12pm-4pm. Tours Sat 10am, 11am, 3pm. Max 20 per tour.

Canada Water

South Bermondsey, Surrey Quays

1, 47, 188, 199, 225, 381, P12

  • Refreshments available
  • Regularly open to the public at no charge
  • Toilets available

CANADA WATER LIBRARY 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. As a piece of sculpture it binds together a tube station, a stretch of open water and a plaza and makes the precursor landmark of a substantial new development on London’s Canada Water. The inverted pyramid form contains a readily accessible cafe, performance space, internet points and popular books within a small footprint at ground level, whilst the expanding shape above enables the containment of the main library within a single, galleried, skylit double volume. The whole is clad in aluminium sheets, anodised a light bronze with sequined perforations. www.czwg.com