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Mariner Harbor Branch Library / A*PT ARCHITECTURE

Mariner Harbor Branch Library / A*PT ARCHITECTURE

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  • Design Team : Nam Suk Oh, Felix Lederberger, Anais Iglesias, Anna Torriani, Raffaele Stefani, Nuria Forques., Roxane Bervini, Petya Ivanova, Juan Carlos Salas Ballestin, Damien Romanens, Caterina Inderbitzin, Wasmiya Tan, Lorenzo Pagnamenta
  • Lighting Design : Fernando Soler
  • Civil Engineers : Michael Wein
  • Client : New York Public Library / NYC Department of Design + Construction
  • City : New York
  • Country : United States
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© Albert Vecerka / Esto
© Albert Vecerka / Esto

Text description provided by the architects. Mariners Harbor had been calling for a branch of the New York Public Library since the 1930s.

The area has a rich maritime and oystering history, and the residents' critical needs include job search, computer/multimedia access and training, after-school support, gathering spaces, as well as the library's traditional function as a book repository.

© Albert Vecerka / Esto
© Albert Vecerka / Esto

The new building, sited between residential and industrial blocks amid dense foliage, derives its asymmetrical two-volume form from the biological image of a cracked-open oyster shell, its roof's rough exterior concealing the bright pearls of knowledge within.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

Accessible from South Avenue, its plan maximizes site scale through integration into the neighborhood context, making it accessible and welcoming.

© Albert Vecerka / Esto
© Albert Vecerka / Esto

The slight shift and bending of the library’s volumes create a hospitable entry and transition to its interior. There, a larger volume containing reading spaces, and a smaller volume containing support functions are organized along an open, glazed, central circulation spine linking all services. A community room with audiovisual equipment is accessible at the main entrance, while a terrace in the back garden, with native vegetation and mature trees, is available for patrons’ enjoyment.

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Section

The metaphor of knowledge as enlightenment is literalized through ample glazing and daylight, providing an adaptable, democratic, and altogether welcoming environment, well suited to the 21st-century library's role as its community's academic and social anchor.

© Albert Vecerka / Esto
© Albert Vecerka / Esto

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Address:Mariners Harbor, Staten Island, NY, USA

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Cite: "Mariner Harbor Branch Library / A*PT ARCHITECTURE" 18 Dec 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/576423/mariner-harbor-branch-library-a-pt-architecture> ISSN 0719-8884

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