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TeamRice+Lipka Architects
LocationNew York, United States
AwardSara/ NY Design Award of Merit, AIA New York State Award of Merit, National AIA/ALA Library Building Award
DescriptionNew York's Public Library's first full-floor dedicated teen space is situated within Harlem's landmark Hamilton Grange Branch. The 4,400sf RLA-designed space challenges the norms of library design to provide a contemporary, more open, social, technology-rich environment that fully engages neighborhood youth. The Center's cylindrical glazed media room exposes the physicality of NYPL interactive gaming programs and organizes the spaces around it, including X-Bar computer zone, Highback Reading Lounge, Exam Study Niche, and a day-glo Snack & Chat Niche (a 1st time experimental break from the normal prohibitions), rolling L-bracket Lounge, and tiered book stacks. A bamboo bleacher provides access to street views and acts as both a sunny hang-out zone and large group seating area for live performance and screenings
ClientNew York Public Library
Start date2012
Area Units.q.ft.
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