Peckham Library

Peckham Library is a library and community building situated in Peckham in south-east London. It was designed by Alsop and Störmer,[1] engineered by AKT II and won the Stirling Prize for Architecture in 2000.[2]

Peckham Library
Peckham library exterior 1.jpg
EstablishedMarch 8, 2000 (2000-03-08)
LocationLondon Borough of Southwark, Camberwell Edit this on Wikidata
Coordinates51°28′28″N 0°04′09″W / 51.47433°N 0.06930°W / 51.47433; -0.06930Coordinates: 51°28′28″N 0°04′09″W / 51.47433°N 0.06930°W / 51.47433; -0.06930
TypePublic Library
Part ofSouthwark Libraries
Collection size40,848 Edit this on Wikidata
CountryUnited Kingdom Edit this on Wikidata
OperatorSouthwark London Borough Council Edit this on Wikidata
Winner of the Stirling Prize for Architecture

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.[1][3]

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 centre.[citation needed] The building is five floors in total, with the library service taking up the fourth floor.[3]

The library opened to the public on March 8, 2000, with an official opening by Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Chris Smith, on May 15, 2000.

The building attracted 500,000 visitors in its first year of opening in the wake of its receipt of the prize. This dropped to approximately 420,000 for 2006.[citation needed]



  1. ^ a b Peckham Library : Architecture Information, Retrieved 2011-11-12.
  2. ^ Peckham Library & Media Centre, Open University website. Retrieved 2011-11-12.
  3. ^ a b Thornton, Victoria (2012). Open house London : an exclusive glimpse inside 100 of the most extraordinary buildings in London. London: Ebury. pp. 182–183. ISBN 978-0-09-194362-2. OCLC 800851973.

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