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New York, NY

2,000 SF

Passive Design Features

Completed 2011

The Graffiti Hall of Fame, a New York City street art gallery, defines this project’s schoolyard.


Situated in the Jackie Robinson School Campus in Spanish Harlem, this library serves high school and middle school students. Inspired by the famed Graffiti Hall of Fame in the schoolyard, APT ARCHITECTURE incorporated bold colors and strong graphics in the new library’s design, conceived to meet the project challenge of reconfigurable spaces.


 A bright orange ribbon of alcoves was introduced along its interior wall, surmounted by a strong graphic interpretation of favorites quotes chosen by the school. The orange alcove is the computer area, while the main space, flooded by natural light, is divided with low furniture elements, providing classroom and lounge areas. The sequence of spaces is articulated by modular and movable furniture that allows great flexibility of use for composing study, meeting, and discussion areas for students, teachers, and parents alike.


The library’s materials and technologies, such as shades that reduce glare but allow penetration of natural light, as well as energy efficient light fixtures, responded to the latest environmental standards and followed specific environmental requirements developed with the client.


​ This project is part of a transformative series of APT school libraries that are expanding their educational purposes by rebuilding communities through culture.


Selected Publications/Exhibits


Architzer- M13 Central Park East Library –2012

CultureNOW – M13 Central Park East Library –2012

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