Imperial College Library

John McAslan + Partners, London, 1997


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Two-storey extension to the Imperial College Library 

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  • Two-storey extension to the Imperial College Library    
  • External detail of JMP’s new extension    
  • Queen’s Lawn elevation of the library    
  • Library volumetric interior, with bridges, stair and decks    
  • Internal details of JMP’s new extension    
  • Internal details of JMP’s new extension2    
  • Site plan    
  • JMP site masterplan with proposed colonnade    
  • Section    
  • Isometric    
  • Entrance canopy detail    
  • Study model of the proposal    
  • jmp site masterplan with proposed interventions    
  • Table detail    
  • Table detail2    
  • Table    
  • Detailed section through latern and key section through upper floors    
  • Exploded isometric of roof latern    
  • Axonometric of JMP-Dan Contracts-designed library table system    
  • Elevation detail    

Refurbishment and twin-storey glass-clad extension to the existing library building Imperial at Imperial College, London

This project brief was to extensively refurbish level one of the Central Library and include the construction of a service tower which houses air handling plant for that level. The extension into the external walkway adjacent to the Queens Lawn, is an integral feature of the project which at ground floor level incorporates a new main entrance, a learning café and a canopy that extends to the existing Sherfield entrance.

New chillers were also installed on the roof to serve the Library and levels three and four of the Sherfield Building. Materials and construction include a roof with two Rockwell layers inside steel profiles, cladding in Schuco, and raised flooring by Durabella.


  • Completed: 1997
  • Floor area: 5,906m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £6.5M
  • Address: Imperial College London , South Kensington Campus, London, SW7 2AZ, United Kingdom

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