Client: Picturehouse Cinemas LtdStatus:
Completion due 2018
The West Norwood Library was forced to relocate from its purpose-built space in 2012 due to the theft of its copper roof and subsequent discovery of asbestos. To help fund the extensive repairs required, Lambeth council engaged Picturehouse Cinemas to deliver a truly unique facility – a refurbished library alongside a four screen cinema and café.
The existing character and major spatial arrangements are largely retained and inform a new extension, defined by a staggered set of sloping roofs that cantilever to form generous canopies over the pavement. An enlarged entrance lobby and café open up views between the library, courtyard and café, while three new box framed windows provide views onto the street.
While respectful of the original design, this refurbishment allows a previously inward looking building to engage with the street. The internal layout extends this engagement, envisioning new ways for the public to interact with the library and creating exciting opportunities for cross programming between the library and cinema. The project helped earn Panter Hudspith the Architect of the Year Award (sports and leisure) in 2016. It is schedule to complete in mid 2018.Publications
2015AJ Online - Panter Hudspith wins go-ahead for new south London cinemaFX Magazine - Client file: Picturehouse Cinemas
2016 Architect of the Year Award - Winner (Sports and Leisure)