Snøhetta Debuts Far Rockaway Library Redesign
Billy Gray Sept. 17, 2013, 7:45 a.m.
The en vogue Norwegian design and architecture firm Snøhetta yesterday released renderings of the new Far Rockaway Branch Library in Queens.
Located at the intersection of Mott and Central Avenues, the project will replace and double the size of the existing library, which became an ad hoc disaster relief headquarters during Superstorm Sandy almost one year ago. Snøhetta said in a prepared statement that it hopes the library will “serve as a catalyst for community transformation” in the neighborhood as it tentatively recovers from Sandy’s devastation.
Snøhetta rose to prominence with its striking, modern reimagining of the waterfront Oslo Opera House. It’s local projects include the Times Square Reconstruction project, where the firm is overhauling one of New York’s most congested streetscapes and delivering a sleeker pedestrian look and experience derived from Times Square’s 1940s noir period.