News: Marble Fairbanks Wins 2018 Best of Design Award for Public
Posted December 6, 2018
On December 5, The Architect's Newspaper announced their 2018 Best of Design Award winners, and Marble Fairbanks, founded by the School of Architecture Chair, Scott Marble, won in the Public category for their addition and renovation of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is one of the world’s leading research facilities devoted providing access to materials documenting black life, and promoting the study and interpretation of the history and culture of peoples of African descent. Marble Fairbanks Architects was hired by the New York Public Library to do extensive renovations and an addition to improve the public experience of the Center.
The design enhances how the Schomburg Center interfaces with the public and with the surrounding Harlem community by displaying portions of its vast collection and current events to the street. Features of the design include high definition LED display systems, interactive information panels, display windows for historical artifacts, and a new landscape plaza with distinctive paving, plantings, and seating adjacent to the display areas. The project also includes a new gift shop and conference room building addition along with interior renovations of the Center’s Manuscripts, Archives & Rare Books Division.