Steven Holl Architects has been awarded a 2010 Award for Excellence in Design from the NYC Design Commission for the Queens Library at Hunters Point.
The new Queens Library is sited with spectacular views over the East River and major landmarks, such as the UN Building and the Roosevelt Memorial by Louis I. Kahn under construction on Roosevelt Island. It will function as a connector between waterfront activities and the city beyond. With residential buildings, three acres of new park land and public schools as neighbors, the library will serve as a new “urban forum” and an invaluable resource for the community. The new Library will shape public space and create new connections across the Queens West Development, Hunters Point South, and the existing neighborhood of Hunters Point.
In addition to the stacks, the new library will house reading areas, a gallery, and public assembly multi-purpose meeting rooms for community programming including after-school study, readings, and various locally based events, and associated library staff and support areas. The project scope also includes the design of a separate structure to accommodate the users and staff of the adjacent Gantry Plaza State Park, to be located on the same site.
The award will be presented by Mayor Michael Bloomberg at an awards ceremony on Monday, June 20th at the Museum of the Moving Image.