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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
11th December 1941 Dutch government in London declares war on Italy
11th December 1936 King Edward VIII abdicated from the British throne to marry Wallis Simpson.
11th December 1930 Eccentric violinist Leonard Friedman was born in London.
Canada Water Super-Library
A trendy new super library for the Docklands.
Location: 21 Surrey Quays Road, Rotherhithe, SE16 7AR
Description: Overhanging Canada Water basin, this spectacular 14.1 million building is the first library in the capital to have a purpose-built 150-seat theatre. In the light of library's closing around the country, Canada Water Library is set to buck the trend with 40,000 books, a caf, meeting rooms, evening class space and wi-fi facilities. It will even be the first to lead directly into a Tube station.
Designed by Piers Gough, partner at CZWG Architects, the new Canada Water Library is a dramatically inverted pyramid that partly overhangs the Canada Water Basin. It opened Monday 28 November 2011.
The building is clad in aluminium sheets that are anodised in a light bronze with sequined perforations, giving it sculptural appeal and striking visual effects. The library also has excellent green credentials, with a ground source heat pump and a green sedum roof. All this is designed to chime with the buildings position, overlooking an old timber dock.
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