HUNTERS POINT COMMUNITY LIBRARYQueens, United States 2019
PROGRAM: Library with adult reading collection, children's area, teen area, cybercenter, conference room and outdoor amphitheater
CLIENT: New York City Department of Design and Construction
22,000 sq ft
Located on a prominent site along the East River against the backdrop of recently built skyscraper condominiums, the design for the 22,000 square foot Queens Library at Hunters Point will stand as a public building and public park and will bring community-devoted space to the increasingly privatized Long Island City waterfront.
The concrete structure of the building is exposed and aluminum painted, giving the exterior a subtle sparkle. A golden-section upturned rectangle is carved out according to the browsing circuit of movement within the interior of library. Glazed cuts in the façade grant users views toward the city as they move up a series of bookshelf flanked stairs. The main Manhattan view, perpendicular to the internal movement of the library, gives visitors to this small space a dramatic experience.
The program's separation into children's area, teen area and adult area can be read in the sculpted cuts of the east face of the building, one façade opening for each area; yet the programmatic divisions are fluid. While the plan is compact, the building section of the new library is open and flowing allowing for the most energy-efficient design and the greatest amount of public green space on the site.
On the east entrance side, the library faces a reading garden bordered by a low park office pavilion with a bosque of ginko trees. Ascending the stair inside visitors can reach the rooftop reading garden with panoramic views of the city.
At night the glowing presence of the new library along the waterfront joins the Pepsi sign and the "Long Island" sign at the old Gantry to become a beacon for this new community place.
More information on the project here.
- 2011 AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN DESIGN
- 2017 PROGRESSIVE ARCHITECTURE AWARD CITATION
- 2018 METROPOLIS MAGAZINE, MOST ANTICIPATED BUILDINGS
- 2019 SARA AWARD, EXCELLENCE IN CIVIC ARCHITECTURE
- 25 April 2018: Library, A Social Condenser at the Center for Architecture
- 04 May 2017: Hon. Jimmy Van Bramer Moderates a Conversation with Steven Holl Architects and The Noguchi Museum
- 29 September 2016: New Hunters Point Community Library Celebrates Topping Out
- 17 June 2016: Construction Update: Hunters Point Community Library
- 21 March 2016: Steven Holl-Designed Hunters Point Library Rises On The Long Island City Waterfront
- 16 May 2015: Hunters Point Community Library Breaks Ground
- 28 April 2015: Hunters Point Community Library Design Process Exhibition at SculptureCenter
- 20 June 2011: Steven Holl Architects’ Queens Library receives a 2010 Award for Excellence in Design
- 29 July 2010: Steven Holl Architects Chosen to Design the New Queens Library at Hunters Point
- Steven Holl ( design architect, principal )
- Chris McVoy ( senior partner in charge )
- Olaf Schmidt ( senior associate in charge )
- Filipe Taboada ( project architect, associate )
- Suk Lee ( project architect, construction administration ) Bell Ying Yi Cai, Rychiee Espinosa, JongSeo Lee, Maki Matsubayashi, Michael Rusch, Dominik Sigg, Yasmin Vobis, Jeanne Wellinger (project team)
- landscape architect
- structural engineer
- MEP engineer
- lighting design
- LEED consultant
- code consultant
- civil engineer
- fire technical consultant
- cost estimator
- climate engineers
– Steven Holl Architects
– Michael Van Valkenburgh and Associates
– Robert Silman Associates
– ICOR Associates
– L'Observatoire International
– ADS Engineers
– Irene Joyce Berzak-Schoen
– Langan Engineering & Environmental Services
– Rolf Jensen & Assoc.
– Davis Langdon
– Construction Specifications Inc.