North Kensington Library & Youth Centre
The new North Kensington Library and Youth Centre will combine library, youth centre, multi-use games area and third-party use. The library is zoned around three spaces: a grand double height space for reading and study; an informal reading area; and a children’s library.
Piercy&Company have distilled an architectural language that is well-crafted and contemporary, yet also sensitive to the local area and neighbouring Ladbroke Conservation Area. The external brick skin has a noble civic quality that responds to the local context and will age gracefully. A regular facade grid adds articulation and richness to the massing. A ground floor ‘plinth’, distinct from the regular grid, gives a human scale to the entrance. The public facing massing has been ‘crumbled’ into three blocks, breaking the scale down and echoing the massing of the neighbouring buildings.
- Client: Royal Borough Kensington & Chelsea
- Location: Ladbroke Grove
- Type: Cultural
- Gross Floor Area: 42,450 sqft
- Stage: RIBA Stage 3
15 November 2016
2 November 2016
21 October 2016
18 October 2016