|Established||8 March 2000|
|Location||London Borough of Southwark, Camberwell|
|Part of||Southwark Libraries|
|Operator||Southwark London Borough Council|
Peckham Library is a library and community building situated in Peckham in south-east London, United Kingdom. It was designed by Alsop and Störmer, engineered by AKT II and won the Stirling Prize for Architecture in 2000.
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.
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. The building has five floors in total, with the library service taking up the fourth floor.
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.
The north facing rear facade of the building.
View showing the diagonal columns
Interior view of meeting room pod
Main library space
Main library space
View of central pod
- Peckham Library : Architecture Information, e-architect.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-11-12.
- Peckham Library & Media Centre, Open University website. Retrieved 2011-11-12.
- 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.
- Peckham Library on Southwark Council site
- Peckham Library & Media Centre architecture page on Open University site
- Peckham Library, London, UK guide on BBC h2g2 site