Albert Sloman Library

Colchester, Essex

A new wing to the Albert Sloman library will provide the university with an integrated library, special collections and reading room. The addition to the 1960s library building makes very deliberate architectural references to the existing building, picking up on the dominant structure of the two storey columns and the four storeys of accommodation cantilevered above.

The new building connects to the existing library across the 1963 core, utilising the breakout panels originally designed into the building. In consultation with the university faculties, it was critical to respect the calm, academic nature of the library while allowing potential for future changes in teaching and learning methods.


RIBA National Award 2016
RIBA Regional Building of the Year Award 2016
RIBA Regional Award 2016
Schueco Excellence Award Overall Winner 2016
Schueco Education Award 2016
Architizer A+ Award 2016



393 N279 medium

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