Branch Library at Audubon Terrace
The 2017 Lyceum Competition focused around the public library as our most democratic institution, its foundational goals to make educational opportunity available to all and to serve as civic center for its community. As such, it is a bridge between immediate local needs and broader public ideals.
The project was a small branch library, essentially today’s equivalent of the historic Carnegie Libraries. The site on Audubon Terrace in Manhattan, between 155th and 156th Streets on Broadway, is one of change and need. Once a home of the upper class and elite, by the late 20th century it had fallen prey to crime and urban decay. Today this is a community of hope, with a great deal to be done. The library facility is aspirational and will begin to bridge what appears to be an abyss separating past and future.
The project must negotiate between two levels of public access: 156th Street, which will serve as the library’s neighborhood entrance; and Audubon Terrace, an ennobled space, raised above and separated from the street.
City College of New York
Georgia Institute of Technology
Miami University, OH
Penn State University
University of Arkansas
University of Cincinnati
University of Hawaii, Manoa
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
University of Texas, Austin
Wentworth Institute of Technology