Van Cortlandt Branch Library
In 2017 The New York Public Library purchased a 6,500 square foot two-story unoccupied building in the Bronx, with the intent of renovating it into a full service branch library for the Van Cortlandt Park neighborhood. The building was originally designed to serve as a group residence. ABA worked with the NYPL with a fast track model to design a comprehensive conversion of this undistinguished building into a dignified civic structure. A new publicly scaled entry plaza and a rear reading garden were also designed as part of the building conversion. The new spaces are open and bright. Spaces include a Reading Room, a Community Room, a Teen Room, a Children’s Room, and a Conference Room. Part of the roof was raised in order to create a generous, light-filled Reading Room. An entirely new entry façade was designed to present a welcoming and public presence to the neighborhood. The Van Cortlandt Branch opened to the public in July 2019.