RIBA Award

The London Library, London | Haworth Tompkins Architects

The London Library is a much loved institution used by a wide variety of distinguished writers and researchers. Its complex and confusing matrix of spaces allows the users to get pleasurably lost and gives opportunities for discovering personal favourite space. 
In this context, new works have to be extremely careful not to devalue what is already there. It is therefore to the great credit of the architects that the improvements have been made in a way that is seamless with the existing fabric. When being shown round the building, the jury had to constantly ask 'is this new?' In other words, the greatest possible care has been taken to think of the project from the point of view of the traditional London Library reader and to ensure that the library retains its particular atmosphere. 

Source: RIBA