International architecture firm Snøhetta has revealed designs for a new 17,500 square foot library in Far Rockaway, Queens. Located at 1637 Central Avenue, the two-story building will more than double usable area of the existing public library.
Following the catastrophic landfall of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the library endured both structural and aesthetic damage. The announced renovation and expansion of the building is welcomed as an integral component of ongoing rehabilitation efforts in Rockaway, Queens.
The silhouette of the new building resembles a prism, and incorporates a series of triangular forms throughout the structure. Interiors are thoughtfully organized around a double-height atrium and skylight that is intended to promote the flow of natural light throughout.
Although completion is not expected before Autumn 2020, the project has already received an Award of Excellence in Design from the Public Design Commission of the City of New York. The structure is also anticipated to receive LEED Gold Certification.