Report: “This Super Cool, Futuristic Library is Opening in the Bronx by 2025”
The folks at Snøhetta—the international architecture, landscape and interior design firm responsible for the beautiful new public park at 550 Madison Avenue in midtown Manhattan—are at it again, this time revealing the design for the new Westchester Square Library in the Bronx.
The 12,000-square-foot, futuristic-looking project is being developed alongside the New York Public Library and the city’s own Department of Design and Construction. The renderings, which were just released, have already caught everyone’s attention.
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Aside from visually relating to the greenery of The Bronx, the frit pattern is calibrated to frame vistas of the surrounding blocks and to filter incoming light from the sun as part of a holistic effort to reduce the Library’s energy use. At night, the Library will shine as a glowing beacon for the neighborhood and the city.
With interior spaces organized according to their need for light and views, the Library’s most social and active components, including new children-, teen-, and young adult-centered areas, will be on full display from both the sidewalk and the elevated 6 train. The classroom and community room spaces look out over a new Viewing Garden located at street level that doubles as a water retention and filtration installation. Filled with shade-loving perennial groundcovers and flowering ornamental trees, the Library Viewing Garden offers a sense of visual delight connecting the abstract façade patterning with the Library’s environmental performance.
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