The study design Hugh Broughton Architects had to combine functionality and fun to refurbish Thomas's London Day School children's library 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 stimulating their imaginations.
The room, bright, with custom-made furniture and various reading areas to nurture and stimulate young minds, is enlivened by many different bright colors. The renovation of this interior, the result of a continuous confrontation between the design studio, the teachers and the children themselves, has transformed a dark and messy environment into a lively and colorful environment, which reintroduces the joy of learning with character and joy. to read.
Located on the ground floor of a Victorian building, the new library features whitewashed walls, vaulted ceilings and modern recessed spotlights. Striking detail is the white resin floor, beautifully illustrated with a faithful representation of the map of Narnia, the fictional country of CS Lewis's novel 'The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'.
The tour of the library, custom-made and entirely HI-MACS, is an ironic container with 875 books that, like bricks, become part of the furniture itself.
The project also includes a welcoming deep blue room with curved lines, perfect for reading and telling stories, with voluminous circular armchairs in fuchsia and blue. Even the individual reading stations, made of wood and positioned next to the sources of natural light, are warm and welcoming, to make immersion in the narrative even more pleasant and intense. Classical and non-classical authors, such as illustrated and educational books, take on fun and engaging nuances in this lively and interactive environment.
The Director of Thomas's London Day School Phil Ward said:
“The transformation of our school's bare ward into a facility that attracts children is truly amazing. Hugh and his staff have created an impressive and fabulous library that combines the best of tradition with today's digital technologies, in a stimulating and engaging learning space worthy of this twenty-first century. We are enthusiastic and deeply grateful. "
Hugh Broughton of Hugh Broughton Architects Study said in turn:
“This new library reflects a progressive learning approach characteristic of Thomas's Studio. It was a real pleasure for us to collaborate on this project, which from start to finish proved exciting. The result is a testament to the institution's commitment to offering students the best learning environment. "
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