South Jamaica Branch Library
|location||New York, Queens|
The South Jamaica Branch Library in Queens, NY, was the first building designed and constructed under the New York City High Performance Building Guidelines. The 2-story, 13,800 square-foot facility employs both passive and active features to reduce its energy requirements. The building is an integrated design in which its shell and each of its systems operate together to achieve enhanced conditions for the users; while minimizing the demands made on the natural environment for energy and other resources, both for building construction and operation. The interior qualities - light, temperature, air quality, spatial richness and variety - result from the dynamic interactions between the building and the natural environment. The exterior form is a direct translation of the building's program and larger environmental considerations. The library reduces the embodied energy and embodied pollution through the use of low energy and recycled materials.