The Children's Library at Concord House
Photo courtesy MCKA
The Children’s Library at Concourse House, designed by Michael K Chen Architecture (MKCA), has recently been recognized with a 2019 NYCxDesign Award (Greater Good Category), 2019 Hospitality Design Award, and a 2019 Design Award from the Society of American Registered Architects, New York.
A CED alumnus and previous adjunct professor, Chen (B.A. Arch '96) is the principal and founder of MKCA, an architecture firm based in New York City and internationally commissioned. MKCA designs include the Pratt Institute Architecture Library as well as furniture projects which exemplify the firm’s expertise in both product and interior design.
MCKA’s project for the Concourse House emerged when a generous donor approached them to design a new children’s library for families transitioning out of homelessnesss. MKCA provided all design and architecture services pro-bono, with additional in-kind donations from other designers, suppliers, fabricators, and contractors.
Located in the Bronx, New York, the library sits as a dedicated children’s reading space within the shelter. The bright, open design separates itself from the rest of the more institutional-quality building spaces, acting as a colorful, playful haven for children.
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