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Tributes paid to Peckham Library architect Will Alsop

The architect responsible for one of Southwark’s most iconic buildings has died at the age of 70.

Will Alsop died on Saturday, May 12, following a short illness, his practice aLL Design confirmed.

He leaves behind his wife, Sheila, and three children, Ollie, Piers and Nancy.

The renowned architect was known for his trademark avant garde, modernist architecture, including the bright green Peckham Library which won the Stirling prize in 2000.

Paying tribute to the architect on Twitter, Southwark Council leader Peter John said: “Sorry to read of the death of architect Will Alsop aged 70.

“His design for Peckham Library fundamentally changed people’s view of this part of our borough.

“[Southwark Council] and the people of the borough will always love the building he brought us.”

Marcos Rosello, co-founder of aLL Design, said: “Will has inspired generations and impacted many lives through his work. He had an exceptional ability to recognise particular strengths in individuals which he would draw out and nurture. His design ethos, essentially to ‘make life better’, is evident in the architecture of his buildings and their surrounding communities.”

Mr. Alsop also designed TfL’s headquarters, the Palestra Building, opposite Southwark tube station.


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