The New York Public Library (NYPL) has revealed designs by architect Enrique Norten for a $20 million branch on 53rd Street. Norten and his firm, TEN Arquitectos, have proposed a 28,000-square-foot three-story building featuring an open floor plan that encourages interaction.
A glass curtain wall on the ground floor introduces sunlight and the feel of the neighborhood into the library, two floors of which are below street level. Norten’s design features an array of spaces: spots for quiet studying and small group discussions, assembly spaces to support community workshops and library events, and an area for larger public programs. A children’s area and technology hub with computers are also included.
“The new branch is not only beautiful, but designed with flexibility that allows the library to maximize its public space and serve all members of the community for decades to come,” says NYPL President Tony Marx.
The designs have already received accolades, earning a 2013 Project Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), New York Chapter.
Located at the former site of the Donnell Library Center, the new branch will sit at the base of a 50-story condo-hotel. The library is expected to open in 2015.
Images: copyright TEN Arquitectos