Bordon Library, Hampshire

Bordon Library, Hampshire

Bordon Library provides vital new facilities within a rapidly expanding town centre. The plan and design were based on the form of the ancient basilica, the ancestor of the medieval church. This also provided the most efficient library layout: a deep plan which requires natural lighting in the centre of the building, often supplied by high level windows. The plan was also appropriate for the use of simple and economic low pitched roofs, profiled roof tiles and traditional brick. The association with medieval and ancient buildings suggested varied brick patterning on the façade, and a custom made, terracotta fern leaf design was created for the column capitals on the entrance porch.

Commissioned by Hampshire County Council
Designed by Robert Adam
Completed in 1986