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Canada Water Library by CZWG Features View of Canada Water Basin

By: Katherine Vong - Published: Jan 9, 2012 • References: czwg and dezeen
This futuristic-looking building is the Canada Water Library, a new structure built in central London by architecture firm CZWG.

The Canada Water Library, so-called because it's situated in an area called Canada Water, which will soon comprise 900 new homes in addition to new retail establishments and public areas. The Canada Water Library features a hexagonal shape -- an inverted pyramid, according to the designers -- with a bronze exterior made of perforated anodized aluminum and a roof of green sedum designed with skylights. Inside the four-story building are zig-zagging bookshelves and a large central, spiralling staircase. A 150-seat theater and a cafe are located on the main floor.

According to the designers at CZWG, the new library will sit at the edge of a new civic plaza that has been designed specifically for public events and activities like farmers' markets and festivals.