Structure – Concept

This is a 3D explosion of every floor inside the Canada Water Library, depicting the structure and placement of every wall and room. The model was created in rhino as 3D max; it respects all the dimensions of the building. Zooming into the details… Ground floor and Mezzanine… Entire explosion…  

Construction

Construction is the process of making a building and bringing it to life from its original designs. The CWL was built over a period of two years (June 2009 – November 2011). We have researched on the library’s development throughout the construction process, recording the progress achieved throughout the span of time previously highlighted. Below are …

Environment and Habitation

Below we have presented some research answering a variety of questions regarding CWL and the environment that surrounds it. Moreover, we have included some videos of the fauna and flora characterising the site.   How immersed was the designer in the community? The designer’s  purpose was to celebrate libraries and create something new and original …

Materials – Aluminium

    The outer walls of the Canada Water library are clad in aluminium sheets, anodised to have a light bronze tint with sequined perforations. The wavy aluminium skin gives the surface of building a creased and ripple effect. The architects inspiration for the skin came from the near by lake. As a result of the close proximity of …

Materials – Concept

  Video and Snapshots: This conceptual sketch-model sequential video illustrates the architects aspiration when designing the library. Their intention was to provoke the feeling of entering a cloud when walking upstairs to the first floor and into the library. The above pictures are details of the sketch used to make the video itself. These pictures …

Materials – Photography

The photographic gallery below vividly represents the various materials that make up CWL. All of these materials, from the very exterior aluminium laminates to the colourful moquette in the interior of the library, clad the core of the building attributing to it a peculiar and captivating appearance.

Survey – Interviews

The Interviews available below were recorded taking into account the diverse range of people visiting the library. Each one of them reflects the opinions of different age groups and/or sex in regards to the experience provoked by a visit to the CWL. Moreover, the questions asked within each interview were repeated or slightly modified in …

Survey – Photography

The photographic gallery presented in this post serves as a brief yet detailed overview of the main spaces making up the entire library. Both interior and exterior snapshots are included to highlight the contrasting designs that coexist within the analysed building. Moreover, panoramic views and collages give the opportunity to oversee a greater visible span …