Queens Borough Public Library, Flushing Regional Branch

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Queens Borough Public Library, Flushing Regional Branch

A new prototype in civic building, this branch public library is a primary cultural center at a prominent intersection in a vibrant multi-cultural neighborhood.

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Transparency is employed as a metaphor for universal accessibility: the architecture demystifies the library experience by making the facility’s collections, functional organization and user activity visually accessible from the street, facilitating public access to information and learning.

The design emphasizes the asymmetrical qualities of its triangular site. The Main Street façade is a glass membrane: a stair and elevator core visible just inside the exterior glass wall connect three floors whose centralized free-plan is readily understood. 

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The Kissena Boulevard façade is rendered in stone, its articulation alluding to the book stacks within and its opacity allowing perimeter shelving to be maximized and affording privacy to both staff and neighbors. 

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As part of New York City’s “Percent for Art” program, public art is integral to the architecture and is intended to enhance the building’s accessibility to its many and varied users.

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Enhancing the library’s role as learning center are an auditorium, a multi-purpose room for 150, conference rooms, exhibition areas and Adult Learning Center on the lower level, and an International Resource Center, housing the foreign language collections and providing flexible exhibition space, on the top floor.

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Details

Year
1998
Location
Queens, NY
Size
76,000 GSF
Program
Reading Rooms, Back-of-House Support Spaces, 227-seat Auditorium, Multi-purpose Room, Conference Rooms, Exhibition Areas, Adult Learning Center, International Resource Center

Team

Design Partner
Todd Schliemann
Management Partner
Joseph Fleischer
Project Manager
Joanne Sliker
Project Architect, Design
Steven Peppas
Project Architect, Construction
Paul Golden
Technical Designer
Jihyon Kim
Design Team
Charles Brainerd, Lisa Odyniec, James Slade, Kyle Yang

Awards

  • 2002
    • Award for Excellence in Design, AIA/New York State
  • 2001
    • AIA National Honor Award for Architecture
    • The Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award
  • 1999
    • AIA/ALA Library Building Award
  • 1995
    • Award for Excellence in Design, The Art Commission of the City of New York
  • 1998
    • Award, Queens Chamber of Commerce
    • Award, Queens County Builders and Contractors Association
    • Best of 1998 Award, New York Construction News
    • Design Award, AIA/Queens County

Press

  • 2001
    • Ruhling, Nancy. "Winning Library Design Takes Root in Flushing" (New York Newsday, 1/26/2001)
  • 2000
    • Weathersby, William Jr. "Queens Borough Public Library, Flushing, NY" (Architectural Record, 10/2000)
  • 1998
    • Harden, Blaine. "Bookworms in the Melting Pot" (The Washington Post, 4/28/1998)
    • Toy, Vivian S. "Bustling Queens Library Speaks in Many Tongues" (The New York Times, 5/31/1998)
  • 1997
    • Dunlap, David W . "For Libraries, a Time of Rebirth" (The New York Times, 9/28/1997)
  • 2008
    • Morrone, Francis. "Flushing, the New Face of the City" (The New York Sun, 7/3/2008)
  • 1998
    • "Best of 1998 Awards—Institutional Project of the Year: Flushing Regional Library Multi-Cultural Center" (New York Construction News, 12/1998)
    • Altherr, Stacey. "New Chapter for Libraries" (New York Newsday, 1/16/1998)
    • Yellin, Deena. "Designing a Library As Community's Hub" (New York Newsday, 1/16/1998)
  • 1992
    • Rothstein, Mervyn. "Architects Sheltering In Government Projects" (The New York Times, 12/20/1992)

Consultants

Civil/Structural
WSP Group
MEP
Jaros Baum & Bolles
Library
Professional Library Consultants, P.A.
Landscape
Billie Cohen Ltd. Landscape Design Studio, Leonard J. Strandberg & Associates
Lighting
Hayden McKay Lighting Design, Inc.
Graphics
H Plus Incorporated
Acoustics
Shen Milsom & Wilke
Security
Check Point Software Technologies Ltd., Diamond Electronics, Tech Systems, Inc.
Specifications
Construction Specifications, Inc.
Code/Life Safety
Superstructures Engineers + Architects
Cost Estimating
Scharf-Godfrey, Inc.
Hazardous Materials
ATC Group Services LLC, Hazardous Waste Engineering Consultants, Inc.
Industrial Hygiene
ENSA Environmental, Inc.
FF&E
Hertzfeld Design, Hodkinson Associates
Artists
Percent for Art
General Contractor
Arnell Construction Corporation
Construction Manager
Tishman Construction Corporation
Photography
Jeff Goldberg/Esto