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Wed 10.30.2013

Archtober Building of the Day: Queens Central Library, Children's Library Discovery Center

When: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM WEDNESDAY, ARCHTOBER 30

Where: AIANY Tours   

89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Queens

Completed under the auspices of the New York City Design and Construction Excellence program, the Children’s Library Discovery Center is a 22,000-square-foot, two-story addition to the existing Queens 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. The completion of the CLDC marks the realization of the first phase of 1100 Architect’s master plan for the renovation and modernization of the 275,000-square-foot Queens Central Library. This project is on track to receive LEED Silver certification.

Tour will be led by David Piscuskas, FAIA, LEED AP; Juergen Riehm, FAIA, BDA; Frank Genese, AIA, Vice President of Queens Library.

 Price: free

ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Ticket must be presented upon entrance. A PDF ticket and tour meet-up location will be e-mailed at least 24 hours in advance of the tour.

A program of Archtober, Architecture and Design Month New York City, October 2013.

Photo credit: © Michael Moran/OTTO

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