The Women’s Library


“The Women’s Library is an exquisitely crafted structure in a classic modern tradition. Inside the emphasis is on careful detail, the controlled use of natural light, and calm and even sober spaces for reading and study” Kenneth Powell


Located in Whitechapel, a new-build library emerges from behind the retained facade of a derelict Victorian wash-house: a reminder of the rather different work done there by women in earlier days. The brief was complex: a library, archival store, lecture theatre, exhibition space, café, and offices were all required. These spaces come to life through the measured interplay of oak, stone, brick, and steel. Spaces for study and the storage and exhibition of the Collection have been ordered in a design which is particularly notable for the sustainability strategy on a dense inner-city site. 

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