work underway at steven holl's hunters point community library in new york
work underway at steven holl’s hunters point community library in new york
images courtesy of steven holl architects
located on a prominent site in along new york’s east river, steven holl‘s design for a new cultural facility has now broken ground. the 22,000 square foot ‘hunters point community library’ will stand as an important public space within the increasingly privatized long island city waterfront. as well as the library, the scheme also contains a children’s area, a dedicated space for teenagers, a conference room and an outdoor amphitheater.
the building will stand as an important public space within the increasingly privatized waterfront
as users move through the building, glazed cuts in the façade offer views of the distinctive manhattan skyline, while the library’s concrete structure is exposed and aluminum painted, giving the exterior a subtle sparkle. the program’s separation can be read in the sculpted cuts of the east face of the building, with one façade opening for each area.
at night the glowing presence of the library joins the pepsi and ‘long island’ signs
at night the glowing presence of the library along the waterfront joins the pepsi and ‘long island’ sign at the old gantry to become a beacon for the new community place. in celebration of the groundbreaking, an exhibition chronicling the building’s design process will open at the sculpturecenter from now until june 8, 2015.
through ascending the internal stairway visitors can reach the rooftop reading garden
glazed cuts in the façade offer views of the distinctive manhattan skyline
the library’s concrete structure is exposed and aluminum painted
project model detailing the scheme’s form
see designboom’s visit to steven holl’s new york studio here
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section detailing the fluid program and internal use of space
the site plan painted in watercolor by steven holl
watercolor by steven holl exploring potential circulation routes
map of the east river: the site (right) in relation to le corbusier's UN headquarters (left) and louis kahn's FDR memorial (center)
1/32 scale east elevation drawing
1/32 scale west elevation drawing
1/32 scale model, view from north
name: hunters point community library
location: queens, new york, united states
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 / queens library
building area: 22,000 sqf / 2,044 sqm
status: under construction
architect: steven holl architects
design architect: steven holl
senior partner in charge: chris mcvoy
associate in charge: olaf schmidt
project architect: filipe taboada
project team: bell ying yi cai, rychiee espinosa, jongseo lee, maki matsubayashi, michael rusch, dominik sigg, yasmin vobis, jeanne wellinger
landscape architect: michael van valkenburgh
structural engineer: robert silman associates
MEP engineer: ICOR associates, LLC
lighting: l’observatoire international
leed: ADS engineers
code consultant: irene joyce berzak-schoen
civil engineer: langan engineering & environmental services
fire safety: rolf jensen & associates
cost consultant: davis langdon
specifications: construction specifications inc
climate engineering: transsolar inc.
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the new structure sits upon the repaired victorian iron work of the original pier, and has been designed to kick-start the southern english town’s renaissance.
internally, the scheme is connected with criss-crossing passages that encourage constant dialogue and interaction.
the project was developed based on the modular composition principle, creating a proper rhythm in the façades and roofing.