Wright & Wright's project creates a landmark tower in the gardens of the Archbishop of Canterbury's Grade I-listed home
Wright & Wright Architects for Church Commissioners for England
Contract value: £23.5m
Cost per m2: £4,352
Positioned in the gardens of the Grade I-listed home of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Lambeth Palace Library is a new home for the Church of England's consolidated archives.
The library is thoughtfully located on the edge of the site to minimise its impact on the gardens, while still creating a landmark tower. At the heart of the building is the set-piece reading room. Other elements include the archive stores and at the very top, an events space with panoramic views over central London.
The clarity of the key architectural moves and the sheer rigour and care that has gone into the exquisite detailing of the brickwork and composition of the elevations stood out for the judges. The result is a significant and compelling piece of civic architecture that reframes the centuries-old relationship between church and state.
London RIBA Regional Project of the Year Award 2022