The 18 month long design and construction of Ives Squared located at the main branch of the New Haven Free Public Library is nearly complete. The space was envisioned by Margaret Sullivan Studios to “create an area of the library dedicated to interactive, state-of the-art technologies where collaborative learning could take place and to be a center where business programs could serve the community more effectively.”
This vision has been realized through the renovation of the 5,800 square feet of the first floor, straddled between the historic Cass Gilbert designed grand reading room and the libraries contemporary expansion. Design opportunities created by the juxtaposition of the old and new, along with the care in preserving the character of the reading room have been exemplified in this renovation. Modern materials, textures and color create playful yet sophisticated pallet of finishes.
New Haven based G-Cafe will be the proprietor of the cafe serving a wide variety of fresh pastries, sandwiches, soups, salads, locally baked artisanal breads, and caffeinated beverages.