Yesterday Design Watch Members toured the 10,500 square-foot library branch in Battery Park City, New York Public Library’s ‘greenest’ location. NYPL wanted a forward-looking design to emphasize their commitment to the 21st century. The bright and open spaces create a welcoming sense of community, while the design of everything from the furniture to shelving and displays facilitate efficiency. Awarded LEED Gold, sustainable efforts were made early on; 83% of waste material from the site was recycled and low energy systems were implemented for heating, cooling, and lighting. Many recycled materials were used throughout the building: wood floor tiles made from off cuts of frames, carpet tiles from repurposed truck tires, and bookshelves of recycled steel. Many thanks to fellow Design Watch member, Juergen Riehm, FAIA, Principal of 1100: Architect for the insightful tour!

Top photo: New York Public Library, Battery Park City ©Michael Moran. All other photos: Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

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