CULTURAL, EDUCATIONAL, LIBRARY

Greenpoint Library and Environmental Education Center

The role of the branch library today is more than a repository of information – and while access to information and media of all sorts is still a critical part of what the branch libraries do, they also provide many related social services.
Location
Brooklyn, NY
Client
Brooklyn Public Library
Status
In-progress
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Greenpoint Library and Environmental Education Center

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CULTURAL, EDUCATIONAL, LIBRARY

Greenpoint Library and Environmental Education Center

The role of the branch library today is more than a repository of information – and while access to information and media of all sorts is still a critical part of what the branch libraries do, they also provide many related social services.
Location
Brooklyn, NY
Client
Brooklyn Public Library
Status
In-progress
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Design Team

Karen Fairbanks, Scott Marble, Nicholas Desbiens, Jason Roberts, Peter Adams, Benjamin Hait, Keenan Korth, Lauren Espeseth, Spenser Krut



RECOGNITION

Design Excellence Award

New York City Public Design Commission

The new Greenpoint Library and Environmental Education Center replaces an existing building with a 15,000sf community hub for environmental awareness, activism and education. The Greenpoint Library doubles the size of the previous building, providing significantly enlarged indoor and outdoor spaces to house expanded activities related to the exploration of the environment as well as everyday library use. The primary program elements are adult, young adult, and children reading rooms and collection spaces, and community spaces for regular library programming as well as for the Environmental Education Center. Lab spaces for interactive projects, a large community event space (which divides into two of the lab spaces), a lounge, small meeting rooms, and staff spaces are distributed on the two main floors.

The new Greenpoint Library and Environmental Education Center provides street level exterior green space, clear visual connections to interior activities, and two accessible green roofs on the upper floors. The plaza design offers the public an engaging civic space that demonstrates sustainability and reinterprets the environmental history of the region. Primary exterior building materials include custom sandblasted wood panels on the upper level and custom cast concrete on the lower level. The building will exceed required LEED goals, becoming a demonstration project for innovative approaches to sustainable design and a learning tool for the community.


Landscape Architect

SCAPE / Landscape Architecture

MEP/FP Engineers & LEED

ads Engineers, PC

Structural Engineers

Robert Silman Associates

Civil/Geotechnical Engineers

Yu & Associates

IT & Security

Preda Consulting Engineer

AudioVisual 

InToTo Professional Services, Inc

Wayfinding

MTWTF

Lighting

Tillotson Design Associates

Code Expeditor

JAM Code Consultants


Click and drag to view the space

VR Views


Information desk and stair


Children’s Area


View from stair landing


View of Eco Lounge


Massing and Material Strategies

Animations