muf architecture/art


72-74 Mare Street, London E8 4RT

020 8985 3038

studio@muf.co.uk

A four-storey public library and archive built as the developer’s contribution to a new commercial development in Hackney East London as part of a major traffic interchange. muf worked closely with both  the client team and drawing on extensive consultation with existing library and archive users and the people to develop both a brief and then a new scheme to stage D that replaced the one developed by Arup.

A four-storey public library and archive built as the developer’s contribution to a new commercial development in Hackney East London as part of a major traffic interchange. muf worked closely with both
the client team and drawing on extensive consultation with existing library and archive users and the people to develop both a brief and then a new scheme to stage D that replaced the one developed by Arup.

all floors 2.ai

The library is proposed as a unified whole where none the less the archive retains its identity (and meets the requirements of BS 5454) and where a range of very different spaces and uses coexist.

The library is proposed as a unified whole where none the less the archive retains its identity (and meets the requirements of BS 5454) and where a range of very different spaces and uses coexist.

At any one time in the new Dalston Library and Hackney Archive there can be the widest range of activities none disturbing the other: a noisy creative workshop in the children’s library, the book club meeting in the cafe, academic research, a family history course, private study, a dash in for a DVD, someone reading a novel in one of the window seats and a public meeting for 50– all taking place at the same time and all having a presence onto the public realm.

At any one time in the new Dalston Library and Hackney Archive there can be the widest range of activities none disturbing the other: a noisy creative workshop in the children’s library,
the book club meeting in the cafe, academic research, a family history course, private study, a dash in for a DVD, someone reading a novel in one of the window seats and a public meeting for 50
– all taking place at the same time and all having a presence onto the public realm.

smallDSCF0881

smallDSC_0851

3d_image02_b_flat

11.section-with-signagews

Dalston Library 2009

Buildings & Interiors 
Library

Status 
Feasibility Study and Public Consultation

Location
Dalston, East London

Client 
London Borough of Hackney