Occupancyest. early 2019
ClientThe Center for Fiction
The Center for Fictions’ new headquarters in the heart of the Downtown Brooklyn Cultural Center offers 17,000 sf of resource-rich space to literary professionals and enthusiasts. The planned adjacency of BAM with Mark Morris Dance Group, 651 ARTS, the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, the Brooklyn Public Library, the Theatre for a New Audience, BRIC, and UrbanGlass will make the growing Brooklyn neighborhood a more vibrant cultural center, with the Center being a natural fit among the district’s new neighbors.
BKSK’s design vision is creating a locally-rooted framework for timeless stories: those already written, those currently being put to paper, and others yet spontaneously occurring between New Yorkers and the world around them. Programming for the space accounts for housing a circulating collection of more than 100,000 fiction titles, a bookstore at the pedestrian level, auditorium space for educational programming, expanded meeting areas, flexible work-spaces, and administrative support space. Design elements such as 19th century-inspired metalwork, warm natural materials, and lively environmental graphics infuse the space, securing it as a ‘‘third place’’ for work, research and inspiration outside the home or office. Sustainable best practices guide the design, which will meet or exceed LEED Silver standards.
“New Brooklyn Home of Center for Fiction to Open in 2019,” New York Times, May 2018
“Construction Nearly Complete At 15 Lafayette Avenue, Downtown Brooklyn,” New York Yimby, October 2017
“Center for Fiction by BKSK Architects,” Interiors + Sources, November 2015
Jonathan Rose Companies – developer; Dattner Architects – base-building architect; Archstone Builders – consulting contractor; Dagher Engineering – MEP engineer; Weidlinger Associates – structural engineer; Doyle Partners – graphics; Horton Lees Brogden – lighting design; Cerami & Associates – a/v; J. Callahan Consulting – expeditor/code consultant
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"Our programs for readers and writers of all levels are thriving, and we believe those programs will be more relevant than ever in our new BKSK-designed Brooklyn home. "
The Center’s Executive Director, Noreen Tomassi