Page 7


Dalston CLR James Library and Hackney Archives Client: London Borough of Hackney Location: Dalston, London Floor area: 2,960sqm Project Value: £2.5m (£845/sqm) Date: Completed August 2011 Dalston CLR James Library and Hackney Archives combines the functions of two separate facilities; it is the largest library to open in Hackney for over a decade and one of the largest to open in the UK in 2012. Spread over four storeys the building includes a cafe, children’s library, adult library, teen zone, study room, meeting rooms, a public archive area and an archival repository in the basement that meets the strict requirements of BS5454. Over 40,000 books are available as well as 10,000 CDs/DVDs and 15,000 historic photographs and maps of Hackney. The library now is on course to achieve 300,000 visits in its first year - three times the number of the library it replaces. Earle Architects were appointed for the fitout following success in a competitive bid and we developed initial designs by MUF Architecture/Art, taking proposals from RIBA Stage D to completion. The project is part of a flagship regeneration project that includes 553 new residential units, a major new public square and new London Overground station, Dalston Junction.



Landscape and Urbanism

Sport and Leisure

Education and Libraries

Earle Architects Practice Brochure (Aug 2016)