University library ‘built to last 400 years’ wins national architecture prize

The Weston Mercury
October 13, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

A university library described as the “epitome” of sustainable construction has been recognised with the UK’s most eminent architecture award. The Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) has named The New Library of Magdalene College in Cambridge the winner of the 2022 Riba Stirling Prize. Set within the college grounds in central Cambridge, the modern 24-hour library was designed by Niall McLaughlin Architects with the aim of lasting 400 years. Sustainability was also high on the agenda, and the brick structure minimises energy use through a grid of chimneys which support the floors and bookshelves while carrying warm air upwards to ventilate the building. Its timber structure also reduced the carbon embodied in its construction, and high, vaulted windows allow natural light to flood in.

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