Idea Store Whitechapel 05

Interior showing the Adult's Surfing Space

Idea Store Whitechapel 04

Interior showing the Children's Library

Idea Store Whitechapel 03

Interior showing Floor Guide

Idea Store Whitechapel 02

Interior showing Self-service points

Idea Store Whitechapel 01

Interior showing custom made shelving

Idea Store Whitechapel 06

Interior showing 4th floor Cafe



A five storey highly accessible and transparent new build in front of Sainsburys in the Whitechapel Market. Has exterior glasswalls and interior rubber studded floors.

The borough's flagship library, learning & information service it's facilities include : state-of-the-art learning spaces & classrooms, creche, dedicated reference & information library, dance studio, complementary therapy room, cafe, baby changing room and wheelchair accessible toilets.


RIBA London Award 2006

The Building

The Building

Type of library

Central/Main library/LRC


3400 m2




Adjaye Associates

Building contractor


The Space

The Space

Features and services

Special services

Audiovisual/Multimedia areas, Baby changing facilities, Cafe/refreshment areas, Equipment provision, Exhibition/display areas, Group study spaces, Hosting of other agencies, Open learning provision, Provision of special materials, Public address system, Services to particular groups, Sound and image processing facilities

External features

Nature of site, Building shape, Materials

Internal features

Design features, Health and safety provision, Security, Structural

Energy efficiency


Accessibility provision

Access between floors, Access to building, Access within building, Assistive technology, Critical distances, Emergency features, Equipment controls: location, Furniture height, Signage / guiding

Interior designer

Adjaye Associates

Furniture suppliers

Furniture File, Valley Joinery

Services and facilities suppliers

Furniture File, Valley Joinery

IT provision

Electronic information displays, General, Internet access, Laptop points, Public access terminals, RFID, WiFi, Number of public computer terminals: 55

Seats/study places