NYPL Children's Reading Rooms, Aguilar & Bloomingdale Branches
BFA was commissioned by the New York Public Library to renovate the children's reading rooms at the Aguilar branch library in East Harlem and the Bloomingdale branch on the Upper West Side. BFA worked closely with the librarians to re-think space allocations for toddlers, grade schoolers, and teens, with appropriate fittings and furnishings for each group. In both libraries, tight budgets limited structural changes and compelled the architects to work with existing bookcases, refinished and rearranged. Design efforts focused on new lighting, carpeting, wall finishes, graphics, casework and furniture.
At the Aguilar branch, a geography theme celebrates the multicultural character of the neighborhood. At the Bloomingdale branch, existing ceilings were removed to exposed ductwork and plumbing, brightly color-coded to work with the library's technology theme.