Mecanoo Replaces Foster on New York Public Library Overhaul

One year after scrapping Norman Foster’s controversial redesign, the New York Public Library has commissioned Mecanoo to oversee the planned $300 million overhaul of its Mid-Manhattan branch and flagship Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue.

 

The Dutch practice, who is also renovating Mies van der Rohe’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington DC, will work with the preservation experts of Beyer Blinder Belle – the project’s architect of record.

“The building should be about the journey of learning,” Mecanoo’s founding partner and creative director Francine Houben told the New York Times. “Maybe you come in for a book but also take lessons in English.”

This will be Mecanoo’s first New York project.

News via the New York Times

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