Brooklyn Performing Arts Library

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY, UNITED STATES | 83,600 SFT

Like most libraries, New York Public Library, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and similar institutions run on a “media circulation” system. The ideal goal is to create a scheme that follows along those parameters, that the ‘public’ program of the performing arts have a visual relationship to each other, and the ‘private’ programs serve as the bridge between the social programs. Both public and private entities pulsate within the overall scheme along a systematic circulation.

Today, libraries run on a “books circulation” system and our intention is to create a scheme that follows along those parameters, that the program qualities that are much more public have a visual entity to it, and the program that is much more private by itself, has a non visual, limited connection, but a physical one through ramps and stairways. By visual connection, two reading rooms can relate to each other by being in a constant visual dialogue. A user can be informed of movements happening in the reading rooms across, but still be separate and a distant bodily. Through a physical connection, such as bookstacks, the program relates by having a system of ramps that hold books that blend in with the other libraries.

The structural grain runs in a fashion along which program is allocated. It serves as a physical connector to all different uses within the performing arts. The theater consequently conforms to the grain of the structure and orients the audience seating and the stage in retrospect to it. A Performing Arts center is a social program, consisting of public and private programs which are always under play and are interconnected either visually or physically. Public reading rooms are allocated in a manner that every programmatic library has a visual connection. They have physical access to one from the other through a series of ascending book circulation ramps on one end, and pedestrian/user circulation on the other end. Office bar connects to the overall volume. The linear grain of structure and the circulation system is in response to the grain-like orientation of the surrounding site buildings, giving the library a more local touch. Façade has a window system that aims to read as “books on stacks”. Much openings are comprised of different shades of light tinted glass, and 3x6 prefabricated wall panels.