The Building

The Word’s design is truly transformative in every sense. It not only helps to transform the character of the site and context but also helps to transform a visitor’s perception of what a library can be and how it can form part of a larger cultural venue of regional and national significance.

Creating a Visitor Destination

At the heart of the design is the creation of a place for people and this building has been sculpted to provide a wide variety of spaces for individuals, groups, children and adults.

The building aspires to be an icon for South Shields promoting footfall and tourism back into the Town Centre. The building aims to cater for all generations allowing interactive and social to exist alongside contemplative and study spaces. The building’s interior has been designed to be as flexible as possible to allow The Word to adapt to future demands.