Brooklyn Public Library: Leon Levy Information Commons

Brooklyn, NY | 2013 | 5,500 SF

Designed by Toshiko Mori, the Leon Levy Information Commons at the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library promotes the use of electronic resources in an inviting, dynamic, and multi-functional space. The challenge was to create a modern, tech-first space that would also honor the building’s art deco heritage. The existing media room was replaced with a wood-paneled center with space for 70 laptop users, a 36-seat classroom and 7 meeting rooms, including a digital studio with green screen, microphone and video equipment. The lighting in this 21st century educational center promotes both digital learning and a sense of community. Efficient and programmed for a diversity of needs, warm fluorescent sources are seamlessly integrated into the architectural design. Their diffuse light democratically illuminates the room without distraction and computer screen glare. This project has LEED certification.


Brooklyn Public Library

Toshiko Mori, architect

Photography: Courtesy of Michael Moran