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NYPL unveils US$317m ‘masterplan’

In the US, the New York Public Library (NYPL) has unveiled the US$317m (A$418m) ‘masterplan’ for its flagship Stephen A Schwarzman Building, reports Publishers Weekly.

The library said the plan will create 20% more public space for research, exhibitions and educational programs.

In 2014, the NYPL was forced to abandon a controversial renovation, which included plans to sell off some of its real estate and drastically alter the iconic main library building.

NYPL president Tony Marx said that almost all of the funds required for the new plan came from public donations.

The new plan was developed by Dutch architectural firm Mecanoo and New York City-based firm Beyer Blinder Belle. In a statement, Mecanoo’s Francine Houben said the design ‘inherently adheres to the logic of a Beaux-Arts building’ and will ‘improve the quality and function of currently underused spaces’.

 

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