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Foster + Partners Design for NYPL Unveiled The New York Public Library (NYPL) has unveiled schematic designs by Foster + Partners of renovation plans for its iconic Carrere & Hastings– designed Fifth Avenue building. The major highlight will be a new lending library with a soaring four-level atrium of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Bryant Park. To make room for this approximately 100,000-square-foot circulating hall, the library will relocate seven floors of its collections, currently stored under the Rose Main Reading Room, to a Princeton, New Jersey facility, to much public outcry. Also under the plan, the Mid-Manhattan and the Science, Industry, and Business branches will close and their materials will be absorbed by the Fifth Avenue location. Proceeds from the sales of these buildings are projected to generate a savings of up to $15 million annually. “Our design does not seek to alter the character of the building, which will remain unmistakably a library in its feel, in its details, materials, and lighting,” says Foster + Partners Founder and Chairman Sir Norman Foster. “The parts that are currently inaccessible will be opened up, inviting the whole of the community. It is a strategy that reflects the principles of a free institution upon which the library was first founded.” Pending Landmarks Preservation Commission approvals, construction begins this summer, with completion by 2018. The building will remain open throughout construction. —emily hooper American Made Furniture Designed for Your Environment select no. 58 at 1-800-446-1186 rendering: courtesy dbox/foster + partners industry news

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Contract - January/February 2013

Contract - January/February 2013
Industry News
Product Briefs: Lighting
Product Focus: Bonaire and Buxom
Designer of the Year
Legend Award
34th annual interiors awards
Large Office
Small Office
Public Space
Adaptive Reuse
Designers Select: Tables and Desks
Ad Index
Public Interest Design
Perspective: Michael Graves on the Lost Art of Drawing

Contract - January/February 2013