Renovation to The White Plains Library Plaza - White Plains, NY

  • IQ Landscape Architects is working with the City of White Plains to restore the roof deck plaza adjacent to its forty-year-old main library branch. A parking structure servicing the city’s and Westchester County’s government buildings sits below the sixty thousand square foot site. The project initially started by dealing with water proofing issues which needed to be addressed.

    City officials saw this as an opportunity to create a central public space in an underutilized part of the city outside the CBD.

    The firm has proposed several outdoor rooms as an extension of the library and its resources. Public gardens welcome the workers, commuters and other users as they enter and exit the garage below. A meandering bermed Reading Grove creates an area for strolling and respite, while a central plaza creates an area for gatherings and events such as book fairs. An eight-foot-high lawn knoll serves as an iconic functional, sculptural and visual feature at the terminus of the Reading Grove. An overhead structure created out of a canopy of colorful fabric bands as a well as banners mounted to the building bring color and motion to the plaza. A Children’s Discovery Garden, managed by the library, will incorporate flowering trees, and elements that stimulate the senses.

IQ Landscape Architects is working with the City of White Plains to restore the roof deck plaza adjacent to its forty-year-old main library branch. A parking structure servicing the city’s and Westchester County’s government buildings sits below the sixty thousand square foot site. The project initially started by dealing with water proofing issues which needed to be addressed.

City officials saw this as an opportunity to create a central public space in an underutilized part of the city outside the CBD.

The firm has proposed several outdoor rooms as an extension of the library and its resources. Public gardens welcome the workers, commuters and other users as they enter and exit the garage below. A meandering bermed Reading Grove creates an area for strolling and respite, while a central plaza creates an area for gatherings and events such as book fairs. An eight-foot-high lawn knoll serves as an iconic functional, sculptural and visual feature at the terminus of the Reading Grove. An overhead structure created out of a canopy of colorful fabric bands as a well as banners mounted to the building bring color and motion to the plaza. A Children’s Discovery Garden, managed by the library, will incorporate flowering trees, and elements that stimulate the senses.

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31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601

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