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Children’s Library Discovery Center, Queens Public Library

with 1100 Architect

A design and Construction Excellence project for the DDC, Atelier Ten worked with the architect to implement a high-performance library above and beyond the DDC’s High Performance Guidelines.

Cladding, fenestration, and lighting were carefully coordinated to give a bold, geometric appearance to the building from the street. Minimalistic luminaires and materials provided clean geometric patterns within and a sense of place using lighting sparingly to let the origami-like architecture speak for itself.

The renovation of the Queens Central Public Library and the extension of the Children’s Library Discovery Center exemplifies innovative design and operation. Atelier Ten assisted in the sustainability strategies that were implemented including a highperformance façade, 100% fresh air system, radiant floor heating, energy-efficient artificial lighting, recycled and low-emitting materials, and optimization of daylight to create a better thermal and visual environment. Atelier Ten’s collaborative approach developed a successful and sustainable lighting design to meet the qualitative needs of the visual environment.