Project Description

New York Public Library, Battery Park City

New York, NY

2010

LEED Gold Certified

New York Public Library commissioned this 10,500-square-foot branch library, which occupies the first two floors of a residential high-rise in Battery Park City, to meet the needs of a new and rapidly growing community. As a new branch without an ingrained pattern of community use, the design focuses on maximizing the library’s visibility in the neighborhood and attracting visitors. The fully-glazed, two-story facade creates an inviting street presence that draws visitors inside and positions the building as a neighborhood anchor. Interior spaces provide an open, naturally lit environment conducive for learning. A prominent staircase enhances connectivity between the two levels and doubles as both an information kiosk and an informal reading nook. Flexible work areas, collaborative spaces, digital workstations, and independent study areas are evenly distributed throughout the library, making it a dynamic and versatile community resource.

Awards

Contract, Public Space Interiors Award, The New York Public Library, Battery Park City Branch, 2012

The National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association, Port Morris Tile and Marble Corporation Craftsmanship Award, 2011

Interior Design, Best of Year Merit Award, 2010

Publications

Zimmer, Lori. “Battery Park City Library Achieves LEED Gold Certification.” Inhabitat, June 21, 2012.

Tarricone, Paul. “Welcome to the Neighborhood.” LD+A, April 2012.

Landgraf, Greg. “New & Now: 2012 Library Design Showcase.” American Libraries, March / April 2012.

Kim, Sheila. “Battery Park City Branch, 1100 Architect.” Contract, January / February 2012.

Magill, Lee. “Ten Best Libraries.” Time Out New York Kids, August 2011.

Kolleeny, Jane. “Battery Park City Library, New York City, 1100 Architect.” ­Architectural Record, March 2011.

“Supertrendy, Supergreen.” Ecologik, December 2010/January 2011.

Space, Ifeng. Architecture of Low Energy Consumption. Shanghai: Jiangsu People’s Publishing House, 2011.

Allen, Cindy, ed. Interior Design Best of Year. Boca Raton, FL: Sandow Media, 2011.

Hill, John. Guide to Contemporary New York City Architecture. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2011.

“Best of Year: The New York Public Library, Battery Park City.” Interior Design, December 2010.

Lindstedt, Katherine. “Open > Library: Battery Park City Library by 1100 Architect.” The Architect’s Newspaper, July 28, 2010.

Kaminer, Ariel. “A Library That Most Can Only Dream Of.” The New York Times, March 26, 2010.

Ong, Bao. “A New Resident in Battery Park City with Lots of Books.” The New York Times, March 15, 2010.

Pinto, Nick. “Plans for BPC Library Unveiled.” Tribeca Tribune, October 5, 2007.

PHOTOGRAPHY © MICHAEL MORAN

 

New York Public Library, Battery Park City

New York, NY

2010

LEED Gold Certified

New York Public Library commissioned this 10,500-square-foot branch library, which occupies the first two floors of a residential high-rise in Battery Park City, to meet the needs of a new and rapidly growing community. As a new branch without an ingrained pattern of community use, the design focuses on maximizing the library’s visibility in the neighborhood and attracting visitors. The fully-glazed, two-story facade creates an inviting street presence that draws visitors inside and positions the building as a neighborhood anchor. Interior spaces provide an open, naturally lit environment conducive for learning. A prominent staircase enhances connectivity between the two levels and doubles as both an information kiosk and an informal reading nook. Flexible work areas, collaborative spaces, digital workstations, and independent study areas are evenly distributed throughout the library, making it a dynamic and versatile community resource.

Awards

Contract, Public Space Interiors Award, The New York Public Library, Battery Park City Branch, 2012

The National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association, Port Morris Tile and Marble Corporation Craftsmanship Award, 2011

Interior Design, Best of Year Merit Award, 2010

Publications

Zimmer, Lori. “Battery Park City Library Achieves LEED Gold Certification.” Inhabitat, June 21, 2012.

Tarricone, Paul. “Welcome to the Neighborhood.” LD+A, April 2012.

Landgraf, Greg. “New & Now: 2012 Library Design Showcase.” American Libraries, March / April 2012.

Kim, Sheila. “Battery Park City Branch, 1100 Architect.” Contract, January / February 2012.

Magill, Lee. “Ten Best Libraries.” Time Out New York Kids, August 2011.

Kolleeny, Jane. “Battery Park City Library, New York City, 1100 Architect.” ­Architectural Record, March 2011.

“Supertrendy, Supergreen.” Ecologik, December 2010/January 2011.

Space, Ifeng. Architecture of Low Energy Consumption. Shanghai: Jiangsu People’s Publishing House, 2011.

Allen, Cindy, ed. Interior Design Best of Year. Boca Raton, FL: Sandow Media, 2011.

Hill, John. Guide to Contemporary New York City Architecture. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2011.

“Best of Year: The New York Public Library, Battery Park City.” Interior Design, December 2010.

Lindstedt, Katherine. “Open > Library: Battery Park City Library by 1100 Architect.” The Architect’s Newspaper, July 28, 2010.

Kaminer, Ariel. “A Library That Most Can Only Dream Of.” The New York Times, March 26, 2010.

Ong, Bao. “A New Resident in Battery Park City with Lots of Books.” The New York Times, March 15, 2010.

Pinto, Nick. “Plans for BPC Library Unveiled.” Tribeca Tribune, October 5, 2007.

PHOTOGRAPHY © MICHAEL MORAN