- Project Name
- Red Hook Library Renovation
- Economic Development Corporation and the Brooklyn Public Library
- Project Types
- Project Scope
- Shared by
- Madeleine D'Angelo
- Project Status
This project was recognized in the NYC Public Design Commission's 38th Annual Awards for Excellence in Design.
FROM THE NYC PUBLIC DESIGN COMMISSION DESIGN AWARDS:
This comprehensive renovation transforms a one-story 1970s-era library into an iconic neighborhood resource with multi-generational programming to meet the needs of the surrounding community. Enlarged windows bring light into the building and open up views to the surrounding landscape, providing equitable and healthy workspaces within. The relocated entrances enhance site circulation, pedestrian safety, and connectivity. The perforated pattern of variegated light gray concrete brick facade integrates the building with the materiality of the neighborhood, and establishes a civic identity that is distinct yet complementary of the residential, commercial, and industrial buildings nearby.
Given the library’s location in the floodplain, the project incorporates resilient design by integrating flood mitigation strategies in both the architecture and the landscape. The green outdoor spaces include a bioswale garden and shaded areas for classrooms and experiential learning. At the new entrance, existing gates are removed and seating is added to create a more open and welcoming library presence. Altogether, the Red Hook Library will become a source of community pride and inspiration.