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Guille-Allès Children's Library, St Peter Port, Guernsey

Revived children's library creates exciting, fantastical, accessible and inclusive spaces to nurture all reading abilities

Guille-Allès Children's Library, St. Peter Port
Guille-Allès Children's Library, St. Peter Port Credit: Etienne Laine

CCD Architects for Trustees, Guille-Allès Library
Contract value: £120,000 
GIA: 100m2
Cost per m2: £1,200

The brief for this revived children’s library interior was to create exciting, fantastical, accessible and inclusive spaces to nurture all reading abilities. The architect conceived, pitched, fundraised and administered it . Both rooms were stripped back to expose the features, making the most of high ceilings and windows; CNC-cut plywood staircases and raised walkways, designed at child’s scale, lead to hidden passages and ‘nooks’ within shelves. A tree of knowledge canopy in the second room was built by local prison inmates. Over £150,000 was raised through community fundraising, all design and construction was pro bono or not-for-profit.

 

  • Guille-Allès Children's Library, St. Peter Port
    Guille-Allès Children's Library, St. Peter Port Credit: Etienne Laine
  • Guille-Allès Children's Library, St. Peter Port
    Guille-Allès Children's Library, St. Peter Port Credit: Etienne Laine
  • Guille-Allès Children's Library, St. Peter Port
    Guille-Allès Children's Library, St. Peter Port Credit: David Barbour
  • Guille-Allès Children's Library, St. Peter Port
    Guille-Allès Children's Library, St. Peter Port Credit: David Barbour
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