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Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

The renovation of The New York Public Library’s Midtown locations will provide more public library space than is currently available in Midtown and enhanced access to collections, technology, and staff expertise. The New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, is both one of New York City’s most beloved icons and a world-renowned research library holding millions of precious books, manuscripts, photographs, and other historic items.

The building will undergo work to dramatically increase public space throughout by transforming and reopening rooms that were originally designed as public areas but have long been used for staff or storage. This work will begin after the renovation of Mid-Manhattan Library, located across Fifth Avenue, is underway, and will include expanded spaces for exhibitions and public programs as well as increased facilities for researchers and scholars.  

 
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Status: Under Construction
Location: New York, NY, US
Firm Role: Lead architect
Additional Credits: Status: Ongoing
Project Design: 2015 - 2018
Project Realisation: 2017 - 2021
Address: 476 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018, USA
Client: New York Public Library
Design Team: Mecanoo, Beyer Blinder Belle Architects
Awards: 1st Prize Competition.