A conversion of locomotive hangar into a public library is the first retrofit to win the top prize at the World Architecture Festival (WAF).
The WAF ‘super jury’ writes:
‘This project transformed a significant building which had been planned for demolition. The result has created a physical facility in which a variety of users can meet for a variety of purposes, in this sense the building has become a social condenser. It celebrates and exploits local traditions of textile manufacture and it has an environmental strategy aimed at heating and cooling people, not the building. It provides spaces of very different scales to provide both communal and more intimate uses.’
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