At the end of 2107 Bisset Adams won the RIBA Competition to design the new Southmere Civic and Library Building located at the heart of a major regeneration development in Abbey Wood, Thamesmead. We are currently working with Peabody, The London Borough of Bexley and the local community to develop this Lakeside Community Facility and Library. The design incorporates a welcoming, ‘transparent’ library, opening onto the new public square with views across the Lake to the Bow Arts Centre.
Our concept is based on the idea of a Swan’s nest, reflecting the wildlife that inhabits the neighbouring lake. A swan’s nest pattern will wrap around the cantilevered upper level of the building and a bed of reeds will be created to divide the main space from the Children’s Library.
The building has been designed to be a stand out piece of architecture sitting as a focal point within the square, lighting up at night to incorporate a playful element. Internally the spaces will be welcoming, light and flexible. The building will act as the beating heart of the village to be used by the community, to inspire imagination, encourage learning and facilitate growth.
Peabody and The London Borough of Bexley