MAP unveils mixed-use library adaptation

Jez Abbott
Tuesday 12 Mar 2019

The 21,000-square-foot library will be topped by affordable homes

Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP) has broken ground on one of the most ambitious social housing developments in New York.

Sunset Park Library in Brooklyn will feature 50 affordable residences as part of the mixed-use project at Brooklyn public library branch

The new development is due for completion in December 2020 and the team says the model can be replicated in other communities across the city.

It feature will a 21,000-square-foot library topped by 50 affordable homes for low-income people.

Sunset Park's former library, built in 1972, has become too small to meet the needs of one of Brooklyn’s fastest growing communities and needs more than $6m in repairs.

Brooklyn Public Library and the Fifth Avenue Committee are leading a project being hailed as a groundbreaking model for shared-use development,

Replacing the current Sunset Park Library branch, the new eight-story mixed-use development will offer two and a half floors of library space - double the current size.

The library’s glass front will brighten the streetscape and open the building to the community. Large windows will bring natural light into reading and learning spaces.

Above, a brick exterior echoes the neighborhood’s historic building material, providing a respectful addition to the area.

The masonry gives way to panelling at the 7th floor setback and insets on the façade, breaking the mass and lightening the structure’s presence.

Topped with solar panels, the development is expected to achieve significant energy cost reductions. Residential spaces include a community room that opens onto a landscaped outdoor deck at the second floor.

“We’re very proud to be part of a project with such positive impact in Sunset Park,” said Christine Hunter, MAP principal.

“Not only does the development help meet the City’s critical need for more affordable housing, but it also enhances a much-loved and heavily used library branch, which is so vital to a strong community.”

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