Southwark Council's £14 million "super library" at Canada Water has bagged two prestigious accolades in recognition of the way it looks and the way it works.
The 2,600 sq metre building, designed by Piers Gough of CZWG architects, has been awarded a Civic Trust Award for universal design and an EDGE Award in recognition of good practice in library innovation.
Civic Trust Awards managing director Malcolm Hankey said the library, which opened in 2011, had “demonstrated architectural excellence whilst offering cultural, social or economic benefit to the local community“.
Judges of the EDGE Awards, which are organised by City of Edinburgh Council, said the library was “the centrepiece of a significant piece of ongoing urban regeneration”
Southwark culture lead Councillor Veronica Ward said the new library was more than an iconic structure.
“As well as being a stunning piece of architecture the library is also a great community asset,“ she said.
"We've already surpassed one degree of global warming," said Kristen Buida, manager of the London Climate Change Partnership.