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LEVENBETTS
BROOKLYN, NY

While a permanent home in a high-rise tower is being constructed
for the Brooklyn Public Library's Brooklyn Heights Branch, an
interim library has taken up temporary residence in the social hall of
the nearby Church of Our Lady of Lebanon in downtown Brooklyn.
In creating the 5,000-square-foot interior, the designers used
the sense of "temporariness," the hall's limited area, and the communal effect of daylight as guiding elements. Although treating
the space as permanent - the tenancy could be at minimum four
years - they wanted the architecture to encourage learning and
delight through light and lightness of construction. For example,
the furniture, though able to last many years, is detailed to show
how easily pieces come together. In celebrating the limited space,
every square foot is maximized with all the library functions, except for new bathrooms, staff room, and storage space, occurring
in the single room. Light has the presence of a material, a medium
through which communality is encouraged and learning is engaged.
A single design gesture organizes the interior: a meandering wall
consisting of waist-high bookshelves and a translucent skin above that
offers the text of Walt Whitman's poem "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry."
Defining and enclosing the reading room (the traditional space of light
and learning), the wall bends outward at each end, with the library
community room behind it in the rear, and the librarians' office in
front, next to the reception desk. The wall transmits light throughout as well as Whitman's text, which, while not fully legible from a
single vantage point, animates the space with its rhapsodic lines.

Gregg Richards

INTERIORS MERIT
40

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS INTERIM LIBRARY

LEVENBETTS Design Team
David Leven, AIA, Stella Betts, Eric Rothfeder,
AIA, Andrew Luy, Dawn Marie Polak, LEED AP,
Felipe Colin, Cornelia Foley, Eamonn Kelly
Collaborators
Robert Silman Associates, Plus Group Consulting
Engineers, Lumen Architecture, JM Zoning,
Duggal Visual Solutions, Coyle Construction



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Oculus - Summer 2017 Design Awards

Letter from the President
Introduction
Best in Competition
De Maria Pavilion
Main: East Side Lofts
INTERIORS Honor
The Met Breuer
PROJECTS Honor
Re-Envisioning Branch Libraries Design Study
The Gowanus Canal Sponge Park Pilot
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Oculus - Summer 2017 Design Awards - Introduction
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Oculus - Summer 2017 Design Awards - De Maria Pavilion
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