February 27, 2017
A public library under construction won one of 12 prizes at the 64th Progressive Architecture Awards, by Architect Magazine.
“At night the glowing presence of the new library along the waterfront joins the Pepsi sign and the ‘Long Island’ sign at the old Gantry,” according to winning designer Steven Hall Architects.
Construction started in 2013 on the 22,000-square-foot, $37 million building, which had been planned for several years. A factory that processed asphalt once filled the site, requiring significant clean-up.
The prize jury took the opportunity to slam the new luxury high-rises surrounding the library. “Amidst the nothingness of the Long Island City riverfront, this project is really special,” said juror Enrique Norten, principal with TEN Arquitectos. “It’s a refreshing new way of looking at a library.”
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