MASterworks Explorations: Adams Street Library

2022 Winner for Best Adaptive Reuse

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This fall, MAS is celebrating design excellence in New York City with our 2022 MASterworks Awards! We have curated a selection of in person explorations and online in-conversations with this year’s honored projects.

On Tuesday, November 29 from 10-11 AM, join MAS for a visit to Brooklyn Public Library’s Adams Street Library, 2022 MASterwork winner for Best Adaptive Reuse. Join team members from WORKac, the design team behind the project, for a morning-time exploration of the bright, engaging new library space. To kick-off the event, MAS will provide coffee and tea to attendees.

Located in Brooklyn’s historic DUMBO district near the East River, Adams Street Library is Brooklyn Public Library’s first new branch to open in more than 20 years. A unique library, the design puts children at its center, containing spaces for learning activities, story time, books, reading and views out to Brooklyn Bridge Park. The library also has new collections, technology and extensive programming for teens and young adults in a dedicated teens area. Read more about WORKac’s design here.

Learn more about the 2022 MASterworks winners here.

Tuesday, November 29
10:00 AM — 11:00 AM

Adams Street Library
9 Adams Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Exact meeting location and directions to be provided upon RSVP

Nearest public transport: The F train is accessible at the York St station. The A and C trains are accessible High Street - Brooklyn Bridge station. The B26, B41, and B52 buses are accessible at the Cadman Plaza W/Tillary St stop.


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COVID Safety Guidelines:
This program is limited to 30 attendees. When the group ventures indoors, masks may be required, so please be prepared to have one with you.

About the MASterworks Awards:

Established in 2001, the MASterworks Awards pay tribute each year to projects that make a significant contribution to New York City’s built environment. Awards are presented in the following categories:

Best New Building for outstanding architectural design
Best Urban Landscape for a new or revitalized open space that contributes to livability and resilience
Best Restoration for a project that expertly enhances the original qualities of a significant historic building or structure
Best Adaptive Reuse for a project that demonstrates exceptional creativity in adaptive reuse of an existing building or structure
Best New Infrastructure for distinctive design in public service projects
Best New Urban Amenity for an addition to the built environment that contributes to a more livable city.

Read more about the MASterworks Awards here.

2022 MASterworks Jury:

Angel Ayón, Principal, AYON Studio
Debbie Millman, Host, Design Matters
Pascale Sablan, FAIA, NOMA, LEED AP, Senior Associate Adjaye Associates, Founder & Executive Director Beyond the Built Environment LLC
Tina Vaz, MAS Board of Directors and Head, Meta Open Arts
Sara Zewde, PLA, Principal, Studio Zewde; Assistant Professor of Practice, Harvard University.

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