Canada Water Library has been described by a south London council as a “super library”. Canada Water Library has been designed by London architecture studio CZWG Architects. The library is part of a major regeneration project in Rotherhithe (a residential district in southeast London), sitting at the centre of a new town plaza.
The library has been designed with the future in mind; not only it holds 40,000 books, but has various learning facilities, “log on free” internet access points, and a performance space which allows for day and night time theatre performances.
CZWG Architects on the project:
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 café, 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.