BPL Greenpoint Library

BPL Greenpoint Library

Brooklyn, New York
United States
Greenpoint Library

TYLin provided structural engineering services for a new LEED Gold certified building for the Brooklyn Public Library system.

The first floor of this new steel-framed building houses the collections and a variety of programming; the second floor includes a creativity lab, offices, and a meeting room that doubles as a performance space. Both the south and west sides of the library have full-height glazing with overhanging facade elements attached back to the roof perimeter. The library structure sits on shallow concrete foundation elements.

The 15,000-square-foot building’s upper level is rotated 90 degrees relative to its ground level, creating opportunities for three outdoor spaces: a ground-level entry plaza, a reading area with native plants and a 1,500-gallon water retention cistern, and horticultural classroom on the rooftop. In addition to the library superstructure, TYLin provided services for the design of a rooftop solar panel system that is integrated into the mechanical unit support framing. 

Greenpoint Library
Design Awards, Merit Award, Institutional, 2021
AIA New York State
Design Awards, Merit Award, 2018
AIA Brooklyn + Queens
Annual Awards for Excellence in Design, 2017
NYC Public Design Commission

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