University of Virginia SARC SPRING 2015 DESCRIPTION Located in Chelsea, Manhattan, the objective for the New York Studio was to design a public library that was to be situated between two NYCHA, low-income housing buildings. After researching the site along with multiple site visits I discovered that the once native Lenape Indian tribe once occupied it and had inhabited the chosen site. After analyzing historic maps taken from the Welikia Project I discovered that a river had flowed directly through the site thousands of years ago.
From this, I directly informed my library design by marking the historical attributes of the original landscape in design elements, such as the rolling landscape roof made from poured concrete as well as a central skylight system resembling the ancient river’s meandering curves. As users circulate the library they progress down under the rolling roof system and into the reading areas and stacks, where along the base level are shops and educational areas. The Lenape Library enacts as a communal center that shares intentions with the NYCHA housing for improved resources and amenities.