RIBA Stirling Prize winner 2000 - Peckham Library

Peckham Library

Libraries do not usually attract as much attention as this one in south London has done. Its unusual shape and striking colours make for an eye-catching building that has become very popular with the local community.
Southwark Council wanted a building that would contribute to the regeneration of the area. The resulting design is such a success that people are sometimes surprised that it is simply a local library and not something grander. The pre-patinated copper, steel mesh and coloured glass, chosen for their vandal-deterring properties, give the building its sweetie-like appearance. Giant letters on the roof clearly announce its function as a library.