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R+L is restoring previously blocked window openings to maximize light and views into of the library reading areas.
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A new accessible entry and canopy welcome patrons to a completely open reading room. R+L unclogs the center bay of the space which was previously occupied by enclosed offices.
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Gaps between groups of white oak bookshelves define places for reading, lounging and computer work.
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Three newly open bays with adult reading table along the south window wall and inside/outside canopy.
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Perimeter book cases line the space with low book islands occupying the center.
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Newly opened center bay looking toward the north entry. A new vestibule provides an accessible route into the library for the first time.
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Newly opened center bay looking toward the north entry. A new vestibule provides an accessible route into the library for the first time.
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Detail of adult reading area.
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Working with landscape architects Starr Whitehouse, R+L is incorporating a new corten perimeter planting bed with new Honey Locusts to provide shade along Houston Street.
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Six new honey locust trees and planting beds line the north side of the branch, tapering to the new entry canopy and vestibule.

HAMILTON FISH PARK BRANCH LIBRARY

New York Public Library, New York, NY

As part of NYC's Design Excellence Program, Rice+Lipka has been selected to design a new library entry and interior spaces for New York Public Library's 1959 classic modernist Hamilton Fish Park Branch, designed by Kelly and Gruzen. R+L envisions a transformation of the branch that inspires and engages users, maximizes openness and programmatic connectivity and that strenthens the library's urban presence along its East Houston Street site in Manhattan.