The renovation and expansion of The Hampton Library in Bridgehampton has received an Excelsior Award for Public Architecture from the New York State Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
The $6 million project was completed in 2012, and almost doubles the size of the historic structure with a modern, glass-walled addition.
The design, by Lee Harris Pomeroy Architects (LHPA) of New York City, aims to provide a balance of the old and new that respects the familiar vernacular architecture of the library and its historic neighbors on Main Street. At the 1877-era existing library, the architects restored the gabled roofline to bring back the proportions of the original building. A three-level, glass walled addition was set in the library’s large rear garden for natural light and beautiful views all year round.
Architects designed a new two-level reading room on the main floor, overlooking the grounds. An outdoor “covered reading patio” spans the addition’s lower rear wall and also functions as a speaker’s platform for outdoor gatherings. At the lower level, a new children’s area opens up to the garden as well. The garden was reconfigured and landscaped with terracing around the large Norway maple tree.
“We have merged the old and new buildings and the garden so that visitors experience the library in a completely new way,” said Lee Harris Pomeroy, FAIA, a principal in the firm.