The best way to attract children’s attention is to create an environment filled with interaction – and that’s what the new Children’s Library Discovery Center is all about. The two-story glass building located on the corner of Merrick Boulevard, in Queens, is a master-plan addition to the Queens Central Library, and is the 30th Archtober Building of the Day!
CLDC was projected to be a hybrid science museum and a children’s library. The center is equipped with interactive games, puzzles, learning labs, technology and math installations, computers and of course, books! It was designed to children that are twelve and under. The museum has plazas that contain touch friendly installations that allow children to explore and learn.
On the first floor, there is a section dedicated to preschoolers and an aquarium sits against one wall. The second floor is dedicated to the “big kids,” and has a cyber house and reading lounge. One of the most impressive attractions is an interactive floor map of Queens at the entrance way. It has sound effects and aerial map of the neighborhood.
The building that was designed by 1100 Architect and has a glass exterior and is exposed to the street, which creates a dialogue between interior and exterior. Since it was designed to be a part of the Central Library, CLDC has no independent exterior entrance. The stairs act as a sculpture and its placement encourages people to use it rather than the elevator. The building uses a lot of recycled material and it’s energy efficient for the amount of light it receives from the glass walls. The project will receive LEED silver certification.
CLDC is modern and beautiful from the inside out, and it’s very inviting. The place sounds like a treasure for children in Queens, and probably for their parents, too!
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