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Queens, NY, 2015

2900 SF

Completed 2015


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


The new learning center at the Collegiate High School is located within the historic 1927 Jamaica High School Building designed by William Compert and surrounded by a beautiful sloping Campus Green in Jamaica Queens.

The new learning center is serving approximately 1,800 students from five different schools.


Focusing on the rooms’ future functions, the client was seeking flexible spaces to expand its everyday use. The studio’s solution was to restore and highlight the existing historic perimeter while introducing new contemporary design elements that create a variety of new areas where students, teachers, and parents can study, lounge, and discuss.


The historic intervention included complete restoration of the wood and marble bookcases, the stained glass interior windows and wood trims along the perimeter of the large open space. New discrete LED lighting fixtures, a new poured seamless recycled flooring, new custom furniture and ergonomic seating were designed to make the new space functional while leaving the historic aspects intact.

Lounge areas are interspaced among the center with benches and individual seats.


The sequence of spaces is articulated by modular and movable furniture that can be reconfigured easily, allowing for the desired flexibility.


The library’s materials and technologies respond to the latest environmental standards and follow specific environmental requirements developed with the client.