In celebration of the groundbreaking of Hunters Point Community Library, an exhibition chronicling the design process of this new civic building will open at the sculpture center on May 19.
Located on a prominent site along the East River against the backdrop of recently built skyscraper condominiums, the design for the 21,000 square foot Queens Library at Hunters Point will stand as a public building and public park and will bring community-devoted space to the Long Island City waterfront.
The design for the 21,000 square foot Queens Library at Hunters Point takes inspiration from the views of Manhattan and Roosevelt Island. Glazed cuts in the recycled foamed aluminum facade allow users to great views toward the city as they move up a series of perimeter stairs.
The program’s separation into children’s area, teen area and adult area, can be read in the carved cuts of the east face of the building, one façade opening for each area. Yet the programmatic divisions are fluid.
The building section of the new library is open and flowing, while the plan is compact, allowing for the most energy-efficient design and the greatest amount of public space on the site. Along the west is an elongated reflecting pond of recycled water, which is edged in the natural grasses that once grew at the bank of the East River. Source by Steven Holl Architects.