ARCHITECTURAL ARCHIVE AND RESEARCH LIBRARY BUILDING
Rhinebeck, NY. United States. 2019
PROGRAM: architectural archive and research library
SIZE: 2,700 sq ft
Brachiating time is expressed with the addition of a new architecture in contrast to an existing building. The design of the Architectural Library Archive and Research Building is envisioned in branching sections, threading through trees on the site at ‘T’ Space Reserve. The existing 1940 bungalow anchors the 2019 extension.
A 42-year archive of literature, art and architecture records the passage of trends in contemporary design from 1977 to the present and is still growing. The archive holdings include original artwork, sketches, drawings and prints by a variety of artists. The Architectural Library’s pride is its collection of artwork by renowned architects such as Louis Kahn, Zaha Hadid and Lebbeus Woods.
Currently at 2,763 square feet, the Architectural Library is envisioned to continue to grow, with an additional 5,250 square feet of collection-expanding space planned. Archival materials are case studies from every step in the design process. Its wide range of materials enables visitors of all backgrounds and experiences to have thoughtful engagements with design theory and practice.
Ecological Innovation +
– Heated and cooled via a single 500 foot deep geothermal well with radiant concrete floors
– Green roof
– Super insulated with a special fine grain mill finish aluminum skin
– Lit entirely by natural light through seven high-tech skylights (Velux Foundation)
– Local building materials (Williams Lumber)
– Insulated glass (Okalux)
- Steven Holl Architects
Steven Holl (design architect, principal)
Dimitra Tsachrelia (project architect)
António Costa Almeida, Michael Haddy (project team)