Longwall Library

PrizeWinner in Architectural Design / Heritage Architecture
Firm LocationLondon, United Kingdom
CompanyWright & Wright Architects
Lead ArchitectStephen Smith
Design TeamSandy Wright, Clare Wright, Stephen Smith, Anthony Newton
ClientMagdalen College, Oxford

This inhabited bookcase marks a quietly
radical development at the heart of Oxford
University.

Completed in 2016, this library is an
extension to and reworking of a Grade II*
Listed building, operating at the heart of
academic and communal life in Magdalen
College. It is pioneering in the fields of
sustainable design and engineering - a
passively controlled library in an adapted
19th century listed building.

The insertion of this inhabited bookcase into
the historic shell, together with a plinth-
like extension into the quad, accommodates 120
readers in a range of spaces that suit a
variety of study-type preferences, as well as
group working areas, staff facilities and
storage for 3,200 linear metres of shelving.