The New York Public Library: Old Modern Facelift – New York Design Agenda


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Night Fever By Draga & Aurel
The New York Public Library: Old Modern Facelift

Renowned architecture firm Foster + Partners revealed this month new images and details with the The New York Public Library’s plans, an amazing project which aims to preserve the original façade and interiors and restore it, whilst create  with 66% more public library space than it’s currently available in all three locations on 42nd Street. The construction is planned to begin in 2013 and is expected to be completed in 2018. Although it will take five years, all the locations will remain open and you can access its services.


By moving out-dated book stacks to a modern storage facility beneath Bryant Park, a dynamic circulating library could be integrated into the building and the public would have access to 66% more space in the building.
Even as visitors would be able to enjoy a permeable and accessible library, the spectacular masterpieces in the building—such as the Rose Reading Room and Astor Hall—would remain as they are.
The building would remain open throughout the five years of construction from 2013 to 2018—for more information on this amazing project, visit the Foster + Partners website.


Some of the spectacular rooms like the centerpiece grand Rose Main Reading Room and majestic Astor Hall will be retained as they are today. Visitors will be able to see a more inviting and more permeable building, which will incorporate the services, programs and books now found at heavily used but seriously deteriorating Mid-Manhattan Library across Fifth Avenue and at the innovative Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL) on 34th Street. New Yorkers will enjoy free access to quiet study zones, programs and events in different meeting spaces, books to browse and check out, new centers for children and teens, classrooms for ESOL, literacy, and many other services. It will be the most exciting library in the world!




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