We are designing a new public library and archive for the Church of England at Lambeth Palace – home to the second largest religious collection in Europe after the Vatican. Having illuminated the nation’s ecclesiastic and cultural life for nearly a millennium, this collection is emblematic of the historic relationship between church and state. It is an honour to work on a project of such historic significance and cultural ambition.
A site within the Palace grounds has been chosen so the collections can continue to be appreciated in the setting in which they were bequeathed to the public by Archbishop Bancroft in 1610. The relationship between the building and the Palace Gardens will be critical, and for that we have teamed up with Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal winner, Dan Pearson Studio. We were both drawn to the project because we felt the myriad issues that it encompasses chime very deeply with our own philosophies and approaches to architecture and landscape design.