EMERGENT creates an escape from the normative
branch library, moving beyond it with a communicative and continuous architecture.
Located in the Ironbound District
in Newark, New Jersey, the proposed library can be seen as an abstract
continuation of the landscape of Independence Park. Cylindrical columns rise around visitors like a forest, bringing into question the relationship between nature and architecture, information and knowledge.
The below grade communal space
features a four-story public space looking up into the canopy of
programmatic library spaces, where planes
of wood and crisscrossing steel columns create a warm and comforting invitation to move up through the library’s
collection. Wrapped around the layer of white steel columns, the art gallery will host art from the diverse local arts
community of Newark and beyond..
The staggered facades on the upper
levels create zones for lounging and study along the perimeter of
the library floors. Composed of exterior and interior channel glass and the crisscrossing structural
columns, the interior facade continues the emergent effect for visitors through
its translucent glow during the day and subtly textured surface at night while
providing a glowing exterior to the community in the evening.
EMERGENT proposes a luminous continuum of space for learning and
growing for the entire Ironbound
“Jason and Molly both love books and libraries. So Jason decided the library was the perfect place to pop the question… after he wrote a story about how they met, had it illustrated and bound into a book, and then placed on the shelves in the Thomas Hughes Children’s Library. He and Molly “found” the book on Saturday and we are happy to report she said YES! Congratulations to you both – we wish you a long, happy, and book-filled life together!” | Chicago Public Library Facebook page
Do you need a cheesy mix to listen to while writing teeth-rotting sugar Fluff? No? Well, now you’ve got it anyway. Nostalgia schmaltz playlist of the cheesiest sugar-coated schmaltz-y songs I could find in my library.