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Library in Queens Set to Sparkle

Thursday, October 27, 2016

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A distinctive jigsaw-puzzle facade, enhanced with shimmering paint, will figure prominently in the new Hunters Point Community Library in the New York City borough of Queens.

The project team recently celebrated the steel-and-concrete structure's topping-out.

Hunters Point Library at topping-out
Images: Steven Holl Architects

The Hunters Point Library's interior steel framing and exposed-concrete exterior, with a mix of hard angles and curvilinear cutouts, are now finished.

The building, in the works since 2010, was designed by Steven Holl Architects, and is scheduled for completion in 2017. Its interior steel framing and exposed-concrete exterior, with a mix of hard angles and curvilinear cutouts, are now finished.

The 22,000-square foot library building was commissioned by the New York Department of Design and Construction, and the Queens Library. Crews led by general contractor Triton Structural broke ground in May 2015 on the building, which was recognized by the Department of Design and Construction with a 2010 Award for Excellence in Design.

Jigsaw Cutouts, Concrete that Sparkles

The library’s glazed jigsaw-puzzle-style cutouts will allow for sweeping views across the East River to Midtown Manhattan and the United Nations Headquarters, and just upriver to Roosevelt Island. The exposed concrete making up the building’s exterior will be covered in a coating with an aluminum pigment, to add a “subtle sparkle” to the facade, according to the architects.

View from inside Hunters Point building

The library’s glazed jigsaw-puzzle-style cutouts will allow for sweeping views across the East River to Midtown Manhattan and the United Nations Headquarters.

The library will also include a public park and garden, with a bosque of gingko trees.

Building Balance

“The building topping out clearly shows the curvilinear cuts and subtractions in its simple rectangular volume, revealing the internal circulation and indicating the most important elements of its program such as the Children’s Library on the east and west facades,” said architect Steven Holl. “The balance between the digital and the book is key to its inner spatial organization.”

Hunters Point construction

Crews led by general contractor Triton Structural broke ground in May 2015 on the building, which is scheduled for completion next year.

Aside from Steven Holl and Triton Structural, consultants to the project include landscape architecture firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates; structural engineering firm Robert Silman & Associates; MEP engineer ICOR Associates and civil engineer Langan Engineering & Environmental Services.

   

Tagged categories: Architects; Architecture; Commercial / Architectural; concrete; Construction; Contractors

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