John Jermain Memorial Library

Village of Sag Harbor : Sag Harbor, NY

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Village of Sag Harbor : Sag Harbor, NY

This project restores an existing Hamptons village library, and provides a new addition that doubles its size. The old Beaux Arts library is formal, monumental and regular in plan. Constructed with limestone and hard-burnt red brick, its geometry and over-scaled mass dominates the largely clapboard-constructed residential setting in which it is placed. In contrast, the new addition bends into the circumstances of its site, and although informal and asymmetrical – constructed in stone, glass and stainless steel – it has the markings of a temple.