A new place to collaborate, learn and share
When the Unis School in New York was looking to re imagine their new grade school library, we worked with Frank Migliorelli to create a plan and design a new kind of place, where children, teachers and librarians could gather together a foster an environment of shared learning.
At the center of the design is a semi-private story space, where teachers can facilitate focused creative story time. Surround the central story space are concentric rings of bookshelves that form more public spaces for groups of one to three children where open play and collaboration is encourage. From the more private center to the more public outer spaces the new library design fostered engagement and sharing. Computer workstations at the periphery were carefully planned so that activities in each area did not overlap or conflict with each other. Circular stretched fabric ceiling treatments allowed more a warmer acoustic environment. With a limited budget and condensed time frame, we created a space that was welcoming, warm and fostered interaction across all ages.