SmartPlanet's C.C. Sullivan looks at libraries across the country to assess the new scheme for the New York Public Library by Foster and Partner.
The scheme, first reported today by Robin Pogrebin at The New York Times, reinvents the library’s closed-off, seven-floor stacks as “a major new contemporary library within Carrère & Hastings’s neo-Classical one.” Tall windows will open to Bryant Park in a soaring new atrium, reached by a grand circulation zone opening through the middle of the building.
The original designs notoriously offered to relocate all the stacks’ books to an inaccessible warehouse in New Jersey. Yet the new plan still decimates the collection, hauling away 25% of the books that are now within the community’s reach.
Via Doug Mirams