PS 192 Library

Gluckman Mayner Architects; David Taber Project Architect

New York, NY


Created by The Robin Foundation in 2001, the Library Initiative Program set out to renovate 56 of the neediest New York City Public School libraries by 2007. The PS 192 Library was carved from a space previously occupied by two classrooms and a group of public restrooms. Book storage is recessed within the three interior walls, while study and reading activities are located along the window-lined north wall. Direct access to an existing courtyard suggests the possibilities of a hands-on approach to environmental topics, which provide the impetus to use green materials for various finishes and furniture. It also influenced such design elements as the custom birds-in-flight light fixtures and the blue sky ceiling and wall graphic.