Foyles Bookshop

Brilliant in its simplicity and execution

· Credit: Hufton & Crow

Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands for Foyles

Contract value: £9m. GIA: 4963m2

Client of the year

RIBA London Architect of the Year Award, presented by One Fine Stay: Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands    

 

Located on the site of the former Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, this new flagship store for a Soho institution is a triumphant resurrection of a stuffy and declining bookstore into a dynamic, welcoming and accessible literary emporium. Driven by the client’s passion for books but limited by a tight budget, the scheme strips away the former art school’s interior to reveal its concrete frame.

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With all services exposed, its 6.5km of shelves have been made easily navigable with a central light well around which the staircase spirals from street level to a top floor café, gallery and events space. The concept is brilliant in its simplicity and execution.

Double height spaces and mezzanines create a variety of atmospheres in the shop; some full of light and movement and some quiet nooks offering a sense of retreat. With lighting and shelving designed with the client, it all comes together to create a truly spectacular space for book browsing and buying.


See other winners in the RIBA Regional Awards 2015 – London