The Wiener Library

Barbara Weiss Architects, London, 2011

 

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Refurbishment of a Grade II listed building overlooking Russell Square for the Wiener Library

The renovation, which houses the world’s oldest Holocaust memorial institution, provides 2,500 linear metres of book storage, a reception, exhibition space, meeting and lecture rooms, a reading room and administrative and librarian offices.

The architects have retained the original Georgian character of the building, restoring elements such as the ornate cornices and architraves, and stripping out exposed services and non-original fittings. Timber, stone and cork floors have been laid in accordance to the buildings’ character and the occupiers’ needs.

A principal feature of the project is the introduction of lift access between the basement, which houses four climate-controlled archives, and the reading rooms above.

The ground floor provides a reception, exhibition space, and meeting space, which can be opened up to host lectures and events. The original layout of the high-ceilinged first floor has been reinstated to provide a brightly lit reading room at the front of the building with views over Russell Square. The addition of a new mezzanine level creates greater space for the collections.

The second and third floors contain administrative and librarian offices.

Data

  • Begun: Aug 2010
  • Completed: Aug 2011
  • Floor area: 745m2
  • Sector: Civic
  • Procurement: JCT SBC05
  • Address: 29 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DP, United Kingdom

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