2012 in review: Literary pursuits
Malcolm Fraser on why new libraries are one of the nicest things to emerge this year
I grew-up with a New Labour fixer, whose evil brainchild was “regeneration by Super-Casino”, and I have learnt to respect his unerring wrongness. Last time I saw him he was scoffing at Libraries as a dead building type, and he will approve of how “austerity” is ripping-into such a civil target.
So I’m delighted at Studio Egret West’s new Clapham Library, and Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Aberdeen University Library. Externally the Aberdeen Library is dull and aloof, but inside I love the warmth and engagement across and between its open floors.
Source: Gareth Gardner
It’s full, and buzzing with cultural engagement (I do prefer the term “mediatheque” to Library, as better suggesting how this building type might evolve).
We are onsite with a wee Library in a civic hub for Stromness in Orkney, and I hope it captures the energy and thinking that is reinvigorating this old building type.