Cambridge College Libraries admired for sensitivity

Freeland Rees Roberts Architects’ sensitive approach to designing libraries for University Colleges has been lauded in a paper by Alison Wilson. The paper considers four small libraries built for Cambridge Colleges, all “small in scale but demanding a great deal of ingenuity and attention to detail from the architects”. Two of the four projects selected by Wilson are by Freeland Rees Roberts: Pembroke Library and Peterhouse Library. Both of these projects faced similar challenges that accommpany listed buildings on restricted sites. As Wilson explains, “the actual process of building and demolition in restricted areas, moving lorries, cranes and materials in and out, is a challenge; and because the land is so precious, ingenious ways of squeezing more facilities onto existing sites are always being invented.”

Wilson summarises the procurement of these award winning libraries by Freeland Rees Roberts. She concludes that “It is good to know that academics still want their libraries to be at the heart of the colleges, and Cambridge is fortunate to have identified practitioners with a sensitive approach to design and respect for their architectural inheritance.”

Read the full article by clinking on the following link: Recent Developments in Cambridge College Libraries by Alison Wilson.

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