Mariners Harbor Branch Library

Albert Vecerka / ESTO

24 Saturday

Tour Time: 12:00

A'PT Architecture
206 South Avenue,
Staten Island

This long-awaited Staten Island ‘pearl’ is designed to support and cultivate the education of all students of Mariners Harbor, young and old,”
– New York Public Library President Tony Marx

The first library and civic building in its neighborhood, a former oystering community, it has become a catalyst and an anchor. It is conceived and used as a public gathering place, as a place for reading, computer/multimedia access, job search/training, after-school assistance, as well as supporting the traditional function of book repository. The design concept for the single-story building is an oyster shell cracked open, rough on the outside and mother-of-pearl on the inside, to honor the area’s rich maritime and oystering history. The new library, sited between residential and industrial blocks amid dense foliage, is accessible from South Avenue, and its plan maximizes site scale through integration into the neighborhood context, making it accessible and welcoming. A larger volume containing reading spaces and a smaller volume containing support functions are organized along an open, glazed, central circulation spine linking all services. A community room, with audiovisual equipment, and a terrace overlooking the garden are open to the public.

Award for Excellence in Design – The New York City Design Commission – 2009

New York Times –An Oyster, Filled with Books, is Set to Open on Staten Island” by David Dunlap – December 11, 2013

AIA Speed Presentation Edition 5: Inside-Out / Outside-In, Interiors Influencing the Public Realm – April 15, 2014

 World Architecture, Shiny new pearl for Staten Island, June 04, 2014

 American Libraries, “Designs that last”, September/October 2014

Oculus Magazine, Culture and the City, Branching Out, Fall 2014

Archdaily, Winter 2014

Tour Guides: Anna Torriani, AIA and Lorenzo Pagnamenta, AIA, Founding Partners, A’PT Architecture

Price: $10