Andrew Berman Architect : Stapleton Library

As part of the extension project of the New York Public Library (USA), architect Andrew Berman restores the 1907 Carrere and Hasting Carnegie Library, which he adds a single storey addition to 650 Square meters that fits the slope of the ground.

Following the rehabilitation project, the old building now serves only as a reading room, mainly dedicated to children, while the new wing houses the works and a media library. If the facade of the first part has not been modified, the annex is made in a more contemporary spirit, with a coating combining glass and zinc and a refined interior combining wood, concrete and steel.

Despite an envelope that remained untouched, the interior of the original library was entirely redesigned by the architect, in accordance with the layout and materials used in the new space. The layout has also been modified to accommodate more informal and more readable furniture.


The new structure is made on one level, allowing people with reduced mobility to access it without any problem. The readings for a more seasoned public are gathered there, separated by a transparent common room. The whole is bathed in natural light thanks to the glass facade and the almost absence of partitions. The shelves are also arranged along the walls, so as not to obstruct and darken the place.

"We sought to affirm the relevance and primacy of the book. As such, all the walls are lined with libraries, putting the whole collection of the library at the sight and reach of all its customers. " Andrew Berman

The equipment that finds a second life revitalizes the neighborhood, becoming the digital resource of the whole neighborhood and allows the young and the young to come to learn or relax in a bright and airy.

Photographs: Naho Kubota

To learn more, visit The site of Andrew Berman Architect

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