Replacing the current Sunset Park library branch, this new, eight-story mixed-use development will offer two and a half floors of library space (more than double the current square footage) plus 50 units of much needed affordable housing. The library’s glass front will brighten the streetscape, open the building to the community and welcome visitors. The large windows will also bring natural light into the reading and learning spaces within.
Above, a brick exterior echoes the neighborhood’s historic building material, helping the project to feel more contextual. The masonry gives way to paneling at the 7th floor setback and insets on the façade, breaking the mass and lightening the structure’s presence. Topped with a solar array, the development is expected to achieve significant energy savings. Residential amenities include a community room that opens onto a landscaped outdoor deck at the second floor.