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A library to playful and functional boys in London

children's library Thomas's London Day School by Hugh Broughton Architects and HI-MACS
children's library Thomas's London Day School by Hugh Broughton Architects and HI-MACS
A library to playful and functional boys in London it has been modified: 2015-12-22 di Benedict Flowers

The study design Hugh Broughton Architects It had to bring together functionality and fun, for the restructuring of the children's library of Thomas's London Day School, in south-west London.

This family-run private school, in Clapham, needed a new children's library that was also capable of capturing children's attention and stimulate their imagination.

The room is bright, with a custom furniture and various reading areas to feed and stimulate young minds, is enlivened by many different bright colors. The renewal of this extension, the result of a continuous dialogue between the design studio, teachers and the children themselves, has turned a dark and messy, in a lively and colorful, which reintroduces with character and fun and the joy of learning read.

Located on the ground floor of a Victorian building, the new library has white walls, vaulted ceilings and modern recessed spotlights. Amazing detail is the white resin floor, wonderfully illustrated with a true representation of the map of Narnia, the fictional country of the novel by CS Lewis 'The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'.

The tour of the library, custom-made and entirely HI-MACS, It is an ironic container with well 875 books that, like bricks, they become part of the furniture itself.

The project also includes a cozy deep blue lines and curves, perfect to read and tell stories, with massive chairs circular fuchsia and blue. The individual reading stations, wood and positioned next to sources of natural light, are warm and welcoming, to make the plunge into fiction even more enjoyable and intense. Classical authors and not, as illustrated books and teaching, taking nuances fun and engaging in this lively and interactive.

The Director of Thomas's London Day School Phil Ward said:

"The transformation of the department barest of our school in a structure that attracts children is truly amazing. Hugh and his staff have been able to create an impressive and fabulous library that unites the best of tradition with today's digital technologies, in a stimulating and engaging learning space worthy of the twenty-first century. We are thrilled and deeply grateful. "

Hugh Broughton of Hugh Broughton Architects Study said in turn:

"This new library reflects a progressive approach to learning characteristic of the Firm's Thomas. For us it was a pleasure to collaborate on this project, from start to finish has proved exciting. The result is a testament to the commitment of the institution to offer students the best learning environment. "

children's library Thomas's London Day School by Hugh Broughton Architects and HI-MACS

children's library Thomas's London Day School, the counter made of HI-MACS

children's library Thomas's London Day School by Hugh Broughton Architects and HI-MACS

children's library Thomas's London Day School detail of the bar in HI-MACS

Photo credit: © Carlos Dominguez Photography

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