New York, New York
The Touro College Library is located in the historic Castro Building, a structure that typifies the bustling, youthful neighborhood it calls home; the landmarked 23rd Street District in Manhattan. IBI Group Gruzen Samton provided architectural and interior design services for the 10,000 sf library facility, which was completed in 2013. The Library occupies an entire floor and spans the block from 23rd Street to 24th Street. The library provides definition to the existing space that Touro occupies within the building, serving as a central study and social area. Several small classrooms, and administrative and study spaces were included with library stacks, computer stations, and media rooms. The design reflects the space’s unique features. Abundant natural light, exposed high ceilings, handsome wood floors, and a historic half-round window create a loft-like, contemporary atmosphere that also incorporates more traditional collegiate design.