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The Children’s Library at Concourse House

MKCA is working with Concourse House, a Bronx-based shelter for women with young children, to design and install a new library serving both children and their mothers. The library hosts a wide range of educational and literacy programs, including events, readings, poetry and writing workshops, and as a place for homework, reading and exploration.

Nestled into a mezzanine in the double height chapel space of Concourse House’s historic building on the Grand Concourse, the library is a part of Concourse House’s broader programming and services aimed at helping to transition families from homelessness into permanent housing. The design transforms what was once a dimly lit and crowded space into a bright, playful, and warm space for the library, incorporating durable but residential-feeling materials, and soft integrated cove lighting. Curved paneling and shelving introduce a sense of play, against the dark barrel vaulted ceiling of the chapel space.

Anticipated completion in Fall, 2017