North Kensington Library & Youth Centre

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.

Details

  • Client: Royal Borough Kensington & Chelsea
  • Location: Ladbroke Grove
  • Type: Cultural
  • Gross Floor Area: 42,450 sqft
  • Stage: RIBA Stage 3
North Kensington Library & Youth Centre
North Kensington Library & Youth Centre
North Kensington Library & Youth Centre

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