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L-bracket lounge with bleacher, stacks and constellation graphic. The field of crosses maps the star constellation Leo - a coded reference to NYPL's ubiquitous lion mascot. © Michael Moran.
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Highback reading lounge with low stacks and Media Vitrine.
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Overview looking north from top of bleacher. © Michael Moran.
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Bleacher, entry, L-bracket lounge with color field. © Michael Moran.
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Rolling L-bracket lounge, tiered stacks overview looking north.
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Bleacher and L-bracket lounge/performance zone.
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L-bracket lounge with bleacher, stacks and constellation graphic. The field of crosses maps the star constellation Leo - a coded reference to NYPL's ubiquitous lion mascot. © Rice+Lipka.
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Top overview of physical model.
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Programmatic zones diagram.
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Sectional diversity and daylighting conditions diagrams indicating focus on performance zone and organizational impact of direct, indirect and low light areas.
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Media vitrine. © Michael Moran.
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The Vitrine flips on its head the notion that multi-media spaces must be dark and hyper-isolated. Sound is contained by using four Holosonic speakers that a produce a vertical column of short wavelength sound that does not propagate.

HAMILTON GRANGE LIBRARY TEEN CENTER

New York Public Library, New York, NY

New York's Public Library's first full-floor dedicated teen space is situated within Harlem's landmark Hamilton Grange Branch. The 4,400sf R+L designed space challenges the norms of library design to provide a contemporary, more open, social, technology-rich environment that fully engages neighborhood youth. The Center's cylindrical glazed media room exposes the physicality of NYPL interactive gaming programs and organizes the spaces around it, including X-Bar computer zone, Highback Reading Lounge, Exam Study Niche, and a day-glo Snack & Chat Niche (a 1st time experimental break from the normal prohibitions), rolling L-bracket Lounge, and tiered book stacks. A bamboo bleacher provides access to street views and acts as both a sunny hang-out zone and large group seating area for live performance and screenings. nypl video>

The project has been recognized by both the library and architectural design communities with the 2014 International ALA/IIDA Library Award and the 2013 National AIA/ALA Library Award among others.

Project Architect: Benjamin Cadena.
Project Manager: Karl Larson.
Designer: Andrew Dadds.