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Queens Central Library, Children’s Library Discovery Center

1100 Architect

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89-11 Merrick Boulevard





Client: Queens Library; Managing Agency: NYC Department of Design and Construction


  • Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership
  • Structural Engineer: Robert Silman Associates
  • Buro Happold Consulting Engineers
  • Atelier Ten
  • Lushington Associates
  • Stuart-Lynn Company
  • Davis Langdon Company
  • William Vitacco Associates
  • Exploratorium
  • DTM
  • Geotechnical Engineer: Pillori Associates, P.A.
  • Civil Engineer: Matrix New World Engineering, Inc.
  • Horizon Engineering Associates, LLP
  • Construction Manager: Hill International

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Year Completed



22,000 sq. feet

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Project Description

The design and construction of the Children’s Library Discovery Center (CLDC) is the implementation of one of the first phases of 1100 Architect’s master plan for the renovation and modernization of the 275,000-square-foot Queens Central Library. The CLDC is a 22,000-square-foot, two-story addition adjacent to the existing Central Library building. The glowing glass façade is a beacon in the surrounding community and is elemental in increasing the library’s visibility and reintroducing it as a central cultural and social destination. Situated on a corner, the new addition takes advantage of its exposure to the street, creating a dialogue between the interior and exterior through the use of large transparent windows that allow an abundance of natural light to enter. The perimeter wall has been thickened to incorporate quiet reading nooks and intimate social spaces. This project is on track to receive a LEED Silver rating.
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