Library and Archive
Girton College, Cambridge
Built to house the College’s growing collection of women's papers and rare books, the Girton Archive is designed to achieve the highest levels of environmental stability with minimum energy use.
The south elevation is detailed as a garden wall, its brickwork punctuated by the main reading room window. The warm red brickwork and distinctive terracotta shading screen are a direct response to the materials of the library and chapel on either side. In connecting with the existing library, the new building forms a calm inner courtyard, continuing the sequence of enclosed garden spaces that have characterised the College since its foundation.
Sherriff Tiplady Associates
Arup Project Management
Civic Trust Award
Society of College
National and University Libraries Library Design Award