ABOUT THE ARCHITECTURAL PROJECT AND DESIGN

*MULTIPLICITIES

 

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN:  *MULTIPLICITIES
 
DESIGN TEAM:  CREDITS:
DESIGN BY *MULTIPLICITIES COPYRIGHT 2013

Project Team: Daniel Holguin (lead designer), Adriana Campmany, Maya Nakamura and Glenn Fulk.
 
Renderings: by SUPERCHROMA 
 
Hand Sketches: by Luis Blanc
 

 


Text by Daniel Holguin & Glenn  Fulk / MULTIPLICITIES

Envisioned as a center where the community can convene to learn how to become empowered; to know how to defend itself against injustice of all forms, the Law Library setting its roots in Harlem, the historic heart of the nation’s African American community, was the natural choice. Located in historic brownstones that speak both to Harlem’s famed Renaissance and its forthcoming Renaissance in the 21st century, the library will be situated across the plaza of the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building, at the center of the island, ready to take its place among venerable Harlem institutions like the Studio Museum of Harlem, the Apollo Theater, the National Black Theater, Lenox Lounge, Sylvias among others.

In light of the drop-out and incarceration rates within minority communities, the library will seek to redress the shortcomings of an educational and legal system that is not adequately serving the needs of minority communities. It will seek to be a venue with an open door to all of its neighbors—from those seeking legal counsel to those interested in learning about the law as a career path. The building will open onto the street and Adam Clayton Powell Plaza, using the stoop culture as a concept that has been so pervasive throughout the history of Harlem and New York City, as an organizational precedent:


The ground floor of the Library will include a welcoming, casual cafe that spills out onto the street at the front and the garden in the back, leading to a large public lecture and event space that will be outfitted and programmed with events addressing issues of legal and judicial education important to the community as well as established programs like "Behind the Bench". The parlor level of the brownstones will provide a home for the research library with the upper levels providing additional research, conference and office facilities. The whole experience of the library will be tied together by a grand, ceremonial stair rising from the sidewalk of West 126th Street up to an oculus at the roof garden including the names of important African American legal minds throughout history projected onto the entirety of the stair and relevant artifacts related to African American history in the display cases flanking it. At the top of the journey will be a respite in the form of a contemplative roof garden providing panoramic views of Harlem. Adjacent to the garden will be a radio studio meant to provide a voice for Harlem that can be broadcasted to the interrelated disenfranchised communities far and wide while overlooking the streets.
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CREDITS:
DESIGN BY *MULTIPLICITIES COPYRIGHT 2013
Project Team: Daniel Holguin (lead designer), 
Adriana Campmany, Maya Nakamura and Glenn Fulk.
Renderings: by Superchroma
Hand Sketches: by Luis Blanc

 

AWARDS:

—>>>>   THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARHITECTS NEW YORK CHAPTER
AWARDED THE 2014 MERIT DESIGN AWARD
TO THE NEW LAW LIBRARY OF HARLEM PROJECT
DESIGNED BY DANIEL HOLGUIN AND HIS TALENTED TEAM AT *MULTIPLICITIES FOR THEIR CLIENT FRIENDS OF THE CHARITABLE COMMUNITY LAW LIBRARY OF HARLEM PRESIDED BY CORNELIUS RICKS
 
 
 
->>>>>THE  AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION ALA AND THE INTERIOR DESIGN ASSOCIATION IIDA  AWARDED *MULTIPLICITIES 
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