Park Line proposes a 21st-century ‘library in a park’ typology that incorporates all forms of information, new and old into one building, with an emphasis on movement, social engagement and quality of space. The library strives to become an important landmark and zone in the park where people could gather, share and exchange knowledge on a daily basis.
Central Park is one of the most known and visited parks in the world and is located in the heart of New York City. With auditoriums, lecture halls, coffee shops and reading areas that could institute book fairs, reading festivals and literary galas. The architecture activates the node that is Sheep Meadow into a hub of knowledge and interaction.
Designing a fast-moving building along juxtaposing lines, complemented with slow-moving lanes that promote interaction and pause. Mimicking the gesture of a quick ‘leaf through’ a book, pausing the page at an instant to only continue the adventure of the next page. With various lines and paths each telling a different story, these various walkways that flow underneath and above one another can be seen as a datum line. Various reading areas contribute to a sense of spatial identity, paying respect to the context and the surrounding environment of Central Park.