Winner: Civic project of the year 2023. Studio Weave has extended the Lea Bridge Library in London, United Kingdom.
This project is an extension to the Grade-II listed Lea Bridge Library in East London, adding a cafe and adaptable community space with an improved connection to the library’s gardens.
The aim of the Lea Bridge Library extension was to deliver a revived civic heart for the Borough of Waltham Forest.
The project addresses the changing role of a library in modern civic infrastructure, conceiving a new wing that offers a place to work, learn, socialise, and gather.
Judges comments: "A socially inclusive design, the new building creates a series of rooms that are sensitive, warm and inviting. Despite a modest budget, the building sustainably creates meaningful and important facilities, which are a gift to the community of this place."