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  5. Bisset Adams
  6. 2013
  7. Watney Market Idea Store / Bisset Adams

Watney Market Idea Store / Bisset Adams

  • 01:00 - 11 October, 2013
Watney Market Idea Store / Bisset Adams
Watney Market Idea Store / Bisset Adams, © Tim Crocker
© Tim Crocker

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  • Architects

  • Location

  • Architect in Charge

    Paulo Ribeiro and Neil Hughes
  • Landscape Architect

    Mott Macdonald
  • Main Contractor

    Geoffrey Osborne
  • Interior Design

    Bisset Adams
  • Structural Engineer

    Mott Macdonald
  • Area

    1300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Tim Crocker
© Tim Crocker

Text description provided by the architects. Tower Hamlets council in East London has opened the latest of its innovative Idea Stores in Watney Market, designed by architects Bisset Adams as a vibrant mix of library, information, learning and community services. Since the first Idea Store opened in Bow a decade ago, the ground-breaking mix of library, learning and other services has gone from strength to strength, with local people flocking to use them for reading, learning, information, and business.

© Tim Crocker
© Tim Crocker

Idea Store Watney Market in Commercial Road will replace Watney Market Library and be larger than the existing library, based on three floors and provide a wider range of services. It is seen as the first of a new generation of Idea Store, based on the concept of a ‘marketplace of information’ with the library and council services as well as a range of partners for the council, offering services with the aim of providing benefits for local people in the areas of health and employment.

© Tim Crocker
© Tim Crocker

The new £4.5 million Idea Store which is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund, will include an integrated One Stop Shop where residents can access council services, as well as space for adult and family learning.

© Tim Crocker
© Tim Crocker

The building is designed as an accessible and highly visible centre for the community, with a landmark high performance glazed façade and green staircase visible externally and inviting visitors to the upper floors with library services. Internally, the Idea Store is designed to be highly flexible; the ground floor ‘marketplace’ can be used for a range of different services and partners.

© Tim Crocker
© Tim Crocker

As specialist library designers, Bisset Adams have created a range of study and event space, including children’s storytime and activity space.

© Tim Crocker
© Tim Crocker

The new Idea Store will be distinguished by its green credentials and is the first public eco building in Tower Hamlets, with a living green roof planted with vegetation that will absorb rainwater, provide insulation and create a habitat for wildlife.

© Tim Crocker
© Tim Crocker

The building will also have concrete plates which will allow the Idea Store to heat up and cool down without the use of an air conditioning system and will be quadruple glazed insulating the building efficiently. Sensors will be able to identify extremes in temperature and set heating and cooling at optimum levels. Solar panels have also been incorporated into the design.

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Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Watney Market Idea Store / Bisset Adams" 11 Oct 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/436612/watney-market-idea-store-bisset-adams/> ISSN 0719-8884