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Inviting Glass Town Library Wins BREEAM Rating of Excellence in Enfield

Posted By Ana Lisa On July 8, 2011 @ 1:35 pm In Architecture,Daylighting,Green renovation,London | No Comments


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Photo © Shepheard Epstein & Hunter

After a year’s work refurbishing the much loved 1912 Edwardian library and constructing a new glass building next to it, the BREEAM [6] excellent space at the heart of the town’s Conservation Area is now open and running. The old and new buildings’ aesthetics make for an amazing contrast. Linked by a two storey, top-lit atrium, the red-bricked walls and the concrete-framed transparent box are a fantastic hint of the mix of classic and modern books to be found inside. The main glazed [7] entrance to the building, which has access from the renovated “Library [8] Green” provides enough natural light for reading, writing or just enjoying a relaxing time immersed in thousands of books and magazines.


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Photo © Shepheard Epstein & Hunter

The floor to ceiling window panes were built facing north in order to avoid solar gain and to provide amazing views of the animal and people-friendly Green, which now includes a fountain – used as an ice rink at Christmas – plenty of public seating, local artwork and even bat boxes! An array of boreholes that go 100 metres deep below the Green, provide the building with enough geothermal energy [10] for heating and cooling the librarys interiors [11] and making the best use of renewable local resources.

The building won ‘Best Built Project’ at this years’ London Planning Awards’ Best Built Project [12] hosted by London Mayor Boris Johnson and has been awarded a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’ thanks to its innovative, inclusive and sustainable design.

+ Enfield’s Town Library [1]

+ Shepheard Epstein Hunter [3]

Via World Architecture News [13]


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[1] Enfield Town Library: http://www.enfield.gov.uk/info/437/libraries-general_information/560/enfield_town_library_visit_enfields_award_winning_library

[2] Sir Andrew Motion: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Motion

[3] Shepheard Epstein Hunter: http://www.seh.co.uk/

[4]  : http://inhabitat.com/inviting-glass-town-library-wins-breeam-rating-of-excellence-in-enfield/shepheard-epstein-hunter-eco-and-people-friendly-enfield-library-2/?extend=1

[5] Image: http://inhabitat.com/inviting-glass-town-library-wins-breeam-rating-of-excellence-in-enfield/shepheard-epstein-hunter-eco-and-people-friendly-enfield-library-2/

[6] BREEAM: http://www.breeam.org/

[7] glazed: http://inhabitat.com/sustainable-and-twisted-turning-torso-sculptural-building-in-malmo-by-santiago-calatrava/

[8] Library: http://inhabitat.com/luminous-origami-art-installation-displays-digital-information-at-bremin-university-library/

[9] Image: http://inhabitat.com/inviting-glass-town-library-wins-breeam-rating-of-excellence-in-enfield/shepheard-epstein-hunter-eco-and-people-friendly-enfield-library-4/

[10] geothermal energy: http://inhabitat.com/londons-geothermal-sharp-tourist-information-point-recycles-rainwater/

[11] interiors: http://inhabitat.com/interiors/

[12] London Planning Awards’ Best Built Project: http://www.londonplanningawards.com/index.php/awards/201011-award-winners

[13] World Architecture News: http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=17070

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