Buffalo & Erie County Public Library: Forecourt Addition


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Buffalo & Erie County Public Library: Forecourt Addition

Location
Buffalo, NY
Year Completed
1990
Building Type
Planning
Size
N/A
Cost
N/A
Client
Greater Buffalo Partnership with The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

The forecourt design focused on improving the Library’s identity and accessibility. An entrance portico was created to give the Library a “front door” on Lafayette Square and to provide elevator access to the building’s main floor. The proposal called for removal of the existing sloped plaza to be replaced with a new level terrace with expanded public exhibition space underneath.

A new structure in the vacant north-west corner of the site was proposed to contain the Central Library bookstore and coffee shop which could be entered directly from a public plaza. This plaza was designed to visually and physically expand Lafayette Square to better accommodate civic events.

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