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Kew Gardens Hills Library / WORKac

Kew Gardens Hills Library / WORKac

Check out WORKac’s latest expansion project, which includes replacing an existing library with a better functioning structure. The library’s perimeter becomes an activated strip with different rooms for adults, teens, children and staff. Above, a continuous “loop of green” runs across the roof introducing greenery into the dense neighborhood.

More images and more about the project after the break.

The angular form seems to pull back from the ground, letting lots of light into the spaces and creating a dynamic corner condition.  By “lifting up,” the intention was to allow the exterior walls to broadcast its activities to the outside.

The apex is the main reading room at the most public corner, with a second “mini peak” at the children’s room. Between these two peaks, the façade dips to provide privacy at the staff areas. This concrete beam is also structural, requiring only two columns along its length.

The exterior facade is made from GFRC in a curtain-like pattern of vertical folds. An awning is created by folding a section of this façade over the street, as one would mark one’s place in a favorite book.

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Cite: Karen Cilento. "Kew Gardens Hills Library / WORKac" 28 Feb 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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