Mecanoo

Architecture, Interiors, Midtown

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Image: Mecanoo with Beyer Blinder Belle

Hot on the heels of wrapping a major renovation and hosting an epic reopening for the Rose Reading Room at their flagship Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, the NYPL is now moving forward with another mammoth revamp on its Mid-Manhattan Library. Last September, the library revealed that Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo had been tasked with the $300 million overhaul of both the flagship and the Mid-Manhattan branch at Fifth Avenue and 40th Street. And now, the NYPL is offering us our first look at the latter, a project they are calling a “state-of-the-art library that will serve as both a model and catalyst for a rejuvenated library system.”

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Architecture, Midtown

Schwarzman Building, Central Branch, New York Public Library, lion statue, Central Building, Main Branch

On Tuesday, news surfaced that eight architecture firms were being considered for the redesign of the New York Public Library’s main branch, the landmarked Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on 42nd Street, one of whom was starchitect Bjarke Ingels. The list also included Ennead ArchitectsStudio Gang Architects, and Robert A.M. Stern Architects. One name that wasn’t mentioned, however, was the Dutch firm Mecanoo, but the New York Times is reporting that the architects from the Netherlands have been selected by the library to lead the $300 million renovation, which also includes a complete overhaul of the Mid-Manhattan branch at Fifth Avenue and 40th Street.

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