The East Elmhurst Library addition seeks to create a new public space in its articulation of new and existing buildings. The new central space is an interior landscaped court with copious natural light. Visible from all parts of the library, it links circulation and activities while acting as a flexible reading space and a foyer and breakout space for the community room.
The challenge of relating new construction to old has been met by enclosing the public face of the existing building within a continuous glass room along Astoria Blvd. This strategy treats the existing building as an artifact in a vitrine while collecting the original building and the addition behind a unified facade.
The project meets the criteria for LEED Silver and contains several innovative sustainability features, including thermostatically controlled buoyant air natural ventilation, carefully designed solar control, active heat recovery ventilation, and a high performance envelope with insulated glazing.