Client – Brent Council
Sector – Culture and Heritage/Education
Location – North London
Architect – Monaghan Morris
Main Contractor – Galliford Try
Product Used – VELUX Modular Skylights
An airy dynamic space breathing new life into a community
The prestigious new £25 million Cultural Centre for the community of Willesden Green opened in September 2015, fulfilling an ambitious brief. It incorporates the restoration of a much-loved small Victorian library building with a contemporary new library and cultural hub, and 95 new one and two-bed residential apartments, all set within a conservation area of North London.
A key feature of the Centre is the internal atrium with VELUX Modular Skylights set in a stunning triangular formation to echo the building’s triangular design. The attractive atrium serves to unify the entire building, creating an inviting sense of space.
High above the community play area and open escalators, the VELUX Modular Skylights provide a fresh, bright and airy focus. The abundant natural daylight draws people deeper into the building, turning new visitors into regular library users and ensuring full use of all the facilities; the design is critical to the success of this community amenity.
The architects’ response to the rich architectural context is already proving to be very popular. All residential apartments were pre-sold before the new centre opened its doors.