Bisset Adams unveils new High Wycombe library

Bisset Adams has designed the £2.3m interior for the new High Wycombe library.



Bisset Adams has designed the £2.3m interior for the new High Wycombe library.


The library, which opened to the public earlier this month, features sliding and folding walls and self-service check-outs for book borrowers.


Buckinghamshire County Council awarded the library specialist the contract in December 2006 following a four-way pitch against Curious Orange, Faulkner Browns and one other consultancy.


Situated within the town’s new £185m shopping and leisure complex the Eden Centre, the library occupies a 2500m2 space over three floors and a mezzanine level.


The interior is divided into areas for books, multimedia, meeting, teaching and learning, and features a family history department, exhibition space and dedicated libraries for children and teenagers.


Most of the building’s ground floor footprint is given over to retail, so Bisset Adams has created a matchstick lighting concept to draw the eye upwards to the library. Inside, a translucent canopy Barrisol ceiling can be used as a canvas for lighting effects.


Bisset Adams is also refurbishing Ealing Central Library in west London, which is due to open in July.

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