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24 TEMPLEMAN LIBRARY, CANTERBURY the top level of the building.


An adhered layer of insulation backing the precast concrete fins contribute to the building’s thermal performance, and mitigate the cold-bridging the existing building had suffered from. It is expected to be awarded a BREEAM Very Good rating.


A series of measures were taken to appropriately illuminate the spaces in a way that gives a sense of comfort to the users: “We tried to provide a slightly more layered feeling with lighting, which is why we’ve got task lighting, freestanding light- ing, and background as well as accent lighting.” Hand-operated blinds help give students a sense of ownership, says the architect, while higher automated blinds, plus the concrete fins and non-glare glass moderate harsh direct sunlight. The bronze anodised mesh veils double up as both a sunshade and a discrete security measure to prevent theft of books and media.


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The result is a coherent building internally and externally. A set of interior spaces are combined to clearly support students’ comfort and needs, through the meticulous control of aspects of air flow, light, heat, and sound and how they penetrate into and around the building. The architects’ emphasis on open space has been realised to the extent that where double-height spaces aren’t present, they are at least in sight. Viewed from the outside, four different eras of construction are knitted together almost seamlessly to produce a cohesive whole. The materials and form of the additions respect the building’s original brutalist intent while re-balancing it and bringing it into the present day. Penoyre & Prasad has resolved the challenge, as client representative, John Sotillo, director of information services at the University of Kent confirms. “The Templeman library was the most impressive building on campus when the university was established in the 1960s, and it is fitting that as the univer- sity celebrates its 50th anniversary we should have transformed the library. The 21st century updated and refreshed Templeman Library has moved very signif- icantly with the times to become an impressive, modern building, containing services and facilities that are equally modern, impressive and important to its current and prospective users.” 


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