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Idea Store

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Adjaye Associates
location London
function community centre, library
contributed by Kirsten_Hannema

Faced with the task of designing a public institution for the 21st century, architect David Adjaye turned his back on solid Victorian monumentality. He housed the 'Idea store' - a new concept for a combined library, community centre and youth centre - in a fully glazed building that radiates openness and at the same time seeks to connect quite specifically with its East End surroundings. The blue and green stripes in the façade allude to the neighbourhood's market stalls, while a pedestrian walkway along the east façade of the building leads to the local supermarket and makes the building an integral part of the local shopping route. Although critics mutter darkly about the degradation of a learning centre into an 'IKEA store', this low-threshold architecture has resulted in very high visitor numbers.

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Idea Store
Whitechapel Road 321
United Kingdom
Project is public!
Opening hours Monday - Thursday: 9am to 9pm Friday: 9am to 6pm. Saturday: 9am to 5pm. Sunday: 11am to 5pm.
How to get there? By public transport Nearest Underground station: Whitechapel. Turn left out of Whitechapel station, the Idea Store is on your left. Bus routes: 25, 106, 205, 254
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Completion 2005
ArchitectAdjaye Associates
building physics consultantArup
roof & facade consultantArup
Client London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Project ID 1023
Latitude/Longitude 51°31'11N 00°03'29W
Contributed by Kirsten_Hannema
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