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Mariner Harbor Branch Library / A*PT ARCHITECTURE

  • 01:00 - 18 December, 2014
Mariner Harbor Branch Library / A*PT ARCHITECTURE
Mariner Harbor Branch Library / A*PT ARCHITECTURE, © Albert Vecerka / Esto
© Albert Vecerka / Esto

© Albert Vecerka / Esto © Albert Vecerka / Esto © Albert Vecerka / Esto © Albert Vecerka / Esto + 17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Mariners Harbor, Staten Island, NY, United States
  • Design Team

    Anna Torriani, AIA; Lorenzo Pagnamenta, AIA; Wasmiya Tan; Raffaele Stefani; Damien Romanens; Nam Suk Oh; Juan Carlos Salas Ballestin; Caterina Inderbitzin; Petya Ivanova; Felix Lederberger; Roxane Bervini; Anais Iglesias; Nuria Forques.
  • Area

    10000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Structural Engineers

  • Mep Engineers / Leed Consultant

    Plus Group
  • Lighting Design

    Fernando Soler
  • Landscape Architecture

  • Civil Engineers

    Michael Wein
  • General Contractor

    Plaza Construction
  • Client

    New York Public Library / NYC Department of Design + Construction
  • More Specs Less Specs
© 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.


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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