Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP) has announced that they are breaking ground on the redevelopment of the Sunset Park Library in Brooklyn. The new mixed-use building will be completed in December 2020 and will feature 21,000-square-foot library facility topped by 50 affordable residences for qualified low-income occupants.
Sunset Park is due to a remarkable partnership between the Brooklyn Public Library and the Fifth Avenue Committee and represents a groundbreaking model for shared-use development that can be replicated in other communities across the city.
Replacing the current Sunset Park Library branch, this new, eight-story mixed-use development will offer two and a half floors of library space plus 50 units of much needed affordable housing in the neighbourhood. The library’s glass front will brighten the street scape, open the building to the community and welcome visitors. The large windows will also bring natural light into the reading and learning spaces within.
The brick exterior echoes the neighbourhood’s historic building material, providing a respectful addition to the area. The masonry gives way to paneling at the seventh floor setback and insets on the façade, breaking the mass and lightening the structure’s presence. Topped with solar panels, the development is expected to achieve significant energy cost reductions. Residential amenities include a community room that opens onto a landscaped outdoor deck at the second floor.