The Gate is Newham Council's first one-stop shop combining leisure, cultural and community advice. Located at Forest Gate in the east end of London, the Gate reflects the diversity, energy and density of the area. It is the social heart of the high street, a catalyst for urban regeneration and promoter of lifelong learning.
From the high street, visitors are struck by the 28 metre glass elevation displaying the seasonal changes of a birch forest, creating a powerful local presence and curiosity to explore the interior.
By placing the library across the main axis of the building with the advice centre and cultural spaces to the rear, visitors seeking to use these amenities are enticed into the leisure and learning functions. This provides an opportunity to reinforce the library service and for visitors to experience learning in the multi-media world.