Designed by Shepheard Epstein Hunter, Extension of Enfield’s Carnegie Library is located in Enfield, United Kingdom. This new two-storey building extends the 1912 Carnegie Library in Enfield Town Conservation Area, relocating the main entrance from Cecil Road to Library Green which has been remodelled as part of this project and now has a fountain, artwork, new planting with wildlife habitats and is used as an ice rink at Christmas. Positioned at the end of the high street, the Library has a landmark presence and offers extensive views of the Green.
The main glazed entrance elevation is like a shop window and faces north, avoiding solar gain, while the other more solid stone elevations shield the library from the sun and surrounding traffic noise. The old and new buildings are linked by a top-lit atrium which provides natural light into the centre of the plan and helps visitors’ orientation. The structural concrete frame and soffits of the new extension are exposed so that the Library benefits from the building’s thermal mass. Renewable energy for heating and cooling is sourced from a geo-thermal system with boreholes extending 100m below the Green.