Design Awards 2016
Glasgow Women's Library
Winner: Design Award
The 1903 Category B listed building, one of seven “Carnegie” libraries donated to the city, is a local landmark within the East End of Glasgow. The key approach was to develop a phased strategy to reform the internal spaces of the existing library for the Glasgow Women’s Library
One of the main challenges was to carefully integrate an informal reading area and open plan mezzanine, with lift access, within the former Reading Room. The Reading Room rests above a ground floor cafe/kitchen and informal display/exhibition space. A strong room archive has been designed over two levels at the rear of the gallery, housing the permanent collection of display which required to be climatically controlled to ensure their survival.
A feature artwork lift-shaft has been designed to provide accessibility to the existing first floor level. The gable lift shaft creates a stark contrasting against the sandstone façade, which in turn makes the building more accessible to the public and wider user groups.