Eight New York Library Buildings Receive National Recognition
Eight of the 26 libraries recognized by the American Library Association for library design were from New York State specifically New York City. The Library Showcase is the association’s annual celebration of new or renovated libraries and the Library Interior Design Award is a biennial award that recognizes excellence in aesthetics, design, creativity, function, and satisfaction of the client’s objective.
The libraries that were featured in the September/October, 2014 issue of American Libraries are:
Open Spaces Category
New York Public Library, Mariners Harbor Branch
Mariners Harbor’s single-story plan minimizes the library’s small by emphasizing spaces. Expansive open rooms with large window featuring comfortable, relaxed reading and tech spaces among low stacks.
The new Glen Oaks branch is twice the size of the previous building and provides reading rooms, and computers throughout. The use of space continues outside with a landscape plaza and exterior reading garden open to the public.
Reuse and Restoration Category
New York Public Library, Stapleton Branch
NYPL renovated the existing 1907 Carnegie Library in Stapleton, Staten Island, blending old and new by adding a new 7,000 square foot modern addition alongside the older building. The addition is constructed of glue-laminated Douglas Fir posts, beams, joists, and roof. The older adjacent building was transformed into a children’s reading room.
For the Kids Category
New York Public Library, Washington Heights Branch
The Washington Heights Branch children’s reading room encompasses the entirety of the branch’s second floor. The open space features a loop of shelving and casework that encircles the reading area, provides seating at each window, and features self-checkout stations. Couches are paired with window seats to create intimate spaces within the room.
Disaster Recovery Category
Brooklyn Public Library, Coney Island Branch
After being severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and flooded with five feet of water, the Coney Island branch was rebuilt to reflect the history of the area. The walls are filled with murals of archival images, and salvaged planks from the boardwalk are integrated into the new ceiling.
Public Libraries 30,000 Square Feet and Smaller Category
Queens Library, Jamaica, New York
Single Space Design Category
New York Public Library, Hamilton Grange Teen Center, New York City
On the Boards Category
New Law Library of Harlem, New York City