This project investigates the design of a New York City Public Library as an urban intervention. The East Harlem Library and Community Garden is a modified courtyard scheme with entrance from the street through the courtyard. The building is designed to allow light and air into the central courtyard, as if the structure is breathing. The interlocking volumes make this concept possible, while also allowing the garden to occupy a space on every level. Third year Masters of Architecture project. Professor Joseph Tanney. The site is in East Harlem on 118th street between 1st and 2nd Avenues. The lot is 80 feet x 100 feet, and currently houses the
Diamante Garden, the local community garden. In order to build on this site, the garden’s program must be incorporated into the new proposal. Given the planned extension of the 2nd Ave subway to 116th street, East Harlem’s population is poised to grow in the coming years. The program is a 10,700 square foot Public Branch Library with 8,000 square foot Community Garden.
About the Author: Meagan Pauley received her bachelor of science in architecture degree from FSU in 2010. She is a third year masters of architecture student at The City College of New York.