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The Archtober “Building of the Day” celebrates contemporary as well as iconic architecture in New York City with daily on-site tours, led by the architect.


On October 24th, Mariner Harbor Branch Library was selected as Building of the Day with a tour led by Anna Torriani and Lorenzo Pagnamenta.

The first library and civic building in its neighborhood, a former oystering community, it has become a catalyst and an anchor. It is conceived and used as a public gathering place, as a place for reading, computer/multimedia access, job search/training, after-school assistance, as well as supporting the traditional function of book repository. The design concept for the single-story building is an oyster shell cracked open, rough on the outside and mother-of-pearl on the inside, to honor the area’s rich maritime and oystering history.

Mariners Harbor Branch Library, Building of the Day the 24th of October 2015

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