The first rendering has been revealed of the renovation project planned for the New York Public Library‘s Mid-Manhattan Branch, located between West 40th and 42nd streets on Fifth Avenue. Netherlands-based firm Mecanoo and local architecture firm Beyer Blinder Belle are designing the renovations, which will increase the amount of public space in the 646,680-square-foot structure by 35 percent. Specifically, back offices, the lower level, and the roof will be converted into public space. There will also be designated sections for specific age groups and professional interests. The library will close by the end of 2017 and reopen in 2020, Curbed NY reported.
The structure is an individual city landmark and a U.S. National Historic Landmark, and listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The facility’s Rose Main Reading Room and Bill Blass Catalog Room recently reopened after their own renovations.
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