The partially affordable towers of Hunters Point South have formed a neighborhood within a neighborhood in Long Island City, and like any thriving community, they need a library. Now, the new library, with its unique cut-out design, is coming along nicely on the East River waterfront, and prolific construction chronicler Tectonic has photos.
Designed by Steven Holl Architects, the branch at 47-40 Center Boulevard will add important public space to the slow-growing Gantry Plaza State Park. The concrete structure will feature two outdoor spaces – a rooftop reading garden and a landscaped sitting area on the ground floor, shaded by ginkgo trees. The facade of the 21,500-square-foot building will have carve-outs for each of the library’s three sections – kids, teens and adults – with views of Manhattan. The interiors will consist of long staircases linking small mezzanines, and readers will be able to sit on the stairs, which will be lined with specially designed book cases.
The Hunters Point location will be Long Island City’s fourth library. One sits at the northern edge of the neighborhood, in Ravenswood, and another is inside Queensbridge Houses. The third, and the closest one to Hunters Point South, occupies a small ground-floor space at One Court Square, aka the Citigroup Building. That branch was expanded last year, but neighbors in the southwestern corner of Long Island City are still clamoring for something closer.
The Hunters Point Library is scheduled to be finished and open in early 2017.
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