Trendy library tables and stacks are seen with the backdrop of the outdated Sundown Park courthouse’s unique home windows. Eagle picture by Jaime DeJesus
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Library Affiliation introduced the Sundown Park interim library — situated contained in the historic former Sundown Park courthouse on Fourth Avenue — was one of many 2021 AIA/American Library Institute’s Library Constructing Awards winners.
As such, that is one in every of solely 5 library buildings in the USA that had been so honored.
The award honors library buildings that exemplify “design achievement, together with a way of place, goal, ecology, environmental sustainability and of historical past,” based on a press release by the AIA, which is a bunch that advocates the worth of structure and offers assets to architects.
The Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) was thrilled by the award.
“The progressive design by Leroy Road Studio [the architectural studio that designed the interim library] turned a former courthouse right into a vivid lovely trendy library,” stated a spokesperson for the BPL.
“And with window shading, comprised of screens and sculptural mobiles, made in collaboration with college students from the Heart for Household Life, the library really displays the group it serves, making this award much more particular,” the spokesperson stated.
Two years in the past, the neighborhood’s library department opened its interim area on the landmarked former courthouse, 4201 Fourth Ave., which additionally comprises Brooklyn Neighborhood Board 7.
One of many uncommon options of the interim library is a merchandising machine that enables card holders to lease laptops for as much as two hours whereas on website.
“The design for the Sundown Park Library is grounded in the neighborhood that helped form it,” stated Shawn Watts, a accomplice at Leroy Road Studio. “Early and constant engagement with library employees, patrons, and native stakeholders, was very important to creating area for the providers and programming the neighborhood will depend on.
“We’re honored to have performed a component in creating this vibrant group hub and thrilled to see how the work of the scholars from the Heart for Household Life elevated the area.”
Whereas locals benefit from the interim department, the BPL and the Fifth Avenue Committee (FAC) broke floor in February 2019 on the long-awaited new state-of-the-art Sundown Park library, to be housed in an eight-story constructing that may also incorporate 49 models of reasonably priced housing, at 5108 Fourth Ave.
The unique Sundown Park library, a Carnegie library in-built 1905, was torn down in 1970. The library that’s now being changed dates from 1972.