Check out this adaptive reuse to create a new library in Brooklyn!
The library is a sweet insertion into an old industrial building. Cutaways and separations from the wall make it feel like an independent body nestled within the rugged frame. Even better, these same cutaway elements expose the old brick walls and board-formed concrete ceiling, their textures highlighted in contrast to the smooth white surfaces of the insertion.
The curves of the new also play against the linear of the old, brought to a culmination by the curvaceous pavilion in the centre. Here the wood exterior and bold colours of the equally curvaceous openings again enhance their presence by playing off the more subdued surroundings.
Very cool. In a way it is very “simple”, and probably economical, but done with great panache to create a very compelling space to be in, a perfect library environment. Nicely done.