New York Public LibraryArchitecture | 17 May 2017
ANDREW BERMAN ARCHITECT
The branch of New York Public Library in Stapleton, Staten Island, was renewed and enlarged, and the aim was to serve the community’s current needs. Andrew Berman Architect was the chosen studio to the project that intended to renew the building designed by Carrere and Hastings, in 1909, and the its enlargement, with the allocated lot of about 650 square meters.
The main idea was that the library was accessible and inviting to everyone. The glazed façade has two purposes: to let in the natural light as well as invite people.
Besides, the new building should be handicapped accessible and have a single level.
The space was projected in open plan, but with strategic separations between children, teens and adults’ areas: for example, the teens and adults’s areas, in the new building, are divided by a transparent community room.
It is a library in a time of digital information so the architect sought to state the relevance of books. In order to do this, all walls have bookcases which put the books within sight and easily reached.
Photos: Naho Kubota
Sketch: Andrew Berman Architect