A New Queens Building That Can’t Be Overlooked: A Library

A new queens building that can’t be overlooked: a library
The Queens Library at Hunters Point, an 81½-foot-high concrete box, is under construction in Long Island City / © Emon Hassan

Standing at a 29th-floor window of a skyscraper on Third Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, Dennis M. Walcott was deeply impressed last week when he spotted the newest branch of his library system under construction.

Mr. Walcott, it should be said, is the president and chief executive of the Queens Library.

What he could see so clearly was the Queens Library at Hunters Point, across the East River and a mile away, in Long Island City.

Neighborhood libraries are not typically foreground buildings. It is telling that the latest addition to the New York Public Library system occupies the basement of a 50-story condominium tower in Manhattan in which one apartment sold for more than $23 million.

But the $38 million Hunters Point library, designed by Steven Holl Architects, already occupies the foreground, even though it is at least a year from opening.

This 81½-foot-high concrete box, pierced by enormous gummi-shaped cutouts, has staked its place on the waterfront, between the landmark Pepsi-Cola sign and the long-legged Long Island Rail Road gantries of Gantry Plaza State Park. It will not suit everyone’s taste. But no one will overlook it. […]

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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