Check out the futuristic Far Rockaway public library (slide show)

These renderings show what the new library, which served as a relief center during Hurricane Sandy, might look like in 2016.

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  • Rendering: Snøhetta & Doug and Wolf

    Rendering of Far Rockaway Public Library

  • Rendering: Snøhetta & Doug and Wolf

    Rendering of Far Rockaway Public Library

  • Rendering: Snøhetta & Doug and Wolf

    Rendering of Far Rockaway Public Library

Rendering: Snøhetta & Doug and Wolf

Rendering of Far Rockaway Public Library

A modern, glass-walled library is coming to Far Rockaway. The neighborhood, which was devastated after Hurricane Sandy, is getting a public reference center that will replace and double the size of the old space. The project will seek LEED Silver Certification and be built at a FEMA-approved, flood-proof elevation. 


As you can see from the above renderings, the project is striking and beautiful—and not like anything else in the neighborhood. The two-story community library will be made of frittered, golden glass, a design that references the color of the Long Island coastline. A clear, triangular glass cutout will serve as the entrance.


The design comes courtesy of New York/Oslo firm Snøhetta. A rep from the company confirmed to TONY that construction is set to begin in late 2014, and is slated for completion in late 2016.


 



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