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The bold and distinctive design of the Library Building in Clapham One is the work of London’s own Studio Egret West, in collaboration with Cathedral Group.  Inside, tall white interior walls have playful, irregular shapes cut out of them.  Similar shapes are repeated in the ceiling’s acoustic tiles.  A large spiraling ramp – representing a path of seamless learning – supports the bookshelves and connects the multifunctional building.  The space at the bottom of the ramp is the children’s reading area by day and a performance space by night.  The exterior is clad with white brick infused with quartz that glistens up close.  Yet, from afar is a subdued color that doesn’t overpower the library’s unique curvilinear architecture.

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Tags: Cathedral Group, Clapham One, London, Studio Egret West, United Kingdom, architects, architecture, cultural, library, mixed-use

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