Architecture For Feminism?: The Design Of The Women's Library, London

  • Annmarie Adams McGill University
Keywords: Building design, Art and Music, Libraries, Feminist architecture


This article explores the recently opened the Women's Library in London, England, designed by Wright & Wright Architects. It argues that the design of the building is implicitly feminist through its site, deference to history, the absence of spatial hierarchies, its environmental position, and its relationship to millennial architecture in London.

Author Biography

Annmarie Adams, McGill University
Annmarie Adams is associate professor and Dawson Scholar at the School of Architecture, McGill University, Montréal, Québec. She is author of Architecture in the Family Way: Doctors, Houses, and Women, 1870-1900 (1996) and co-author of Designing Women: Gender and the Architectural Profession (2000). Her current research is on 20th-century hospital architecture.