Brighton’s new Jubilee Library has won an award from the UK’s main architectural organisation The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) It was selected as the best public building design in the south east region.
The £14m library opened on March 3 this year to widespread critical acclaim. It was described as ‘stunning’ by the Guardian, ‘ambitious’ by the Independent and ‘stylish’ by the Sunday Times.
Designed by London-based Bennetts Associates and Brighton’s Lomax, Cassidy & Edwards, the building forms the centrepiece of a £50m regeneration scheme in the city’s cultural quarter. Funded under the government's Private Finance Initiative, the scheme was developed and managed by the Mill Group.
Inspired by the 19thcentury Paris libraries of Henri Labrouste, it features an entirely glass front wall, spacious double-height interior and an upper mezzanine platform supported on white columns. It is thought to be one of the most eco-friendly public buildings in the UK, drawing most of its heat, light and ventilation from sunshine and sea breezes.
Council leader Ken Bodfish said, “It’s a very proud moment for the council and the city. We were adamant through the whole process of developing the library that we wanted a first-class design.
“It shows that modern public buildings, including those funded by the Private Finance Initiative, can be of remarkable quality if you have vision and determination.”
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