The study design Hugh Broughton Architects it had to combine functionality and fun, for the renovation of the Thomas's London Day School children's library in south-west London.
This family-run private school in Clapham needed a new library for kids that would also capture children's attention and stimulate their imagination.
The room, bright, with a custom furniture and different reading areas to feed and stimulate young minds, is enlivened by many different bright colors. The renewal of this interior, the result of a continuous comparison between the design studio, teachers and children themselves, has transformed a dark and disordered environment, in a lively and colorful environment, which reintroduces with joy and joy the joy of learning and to read.
Located on the ground floor of a Victorian building, the new library features white walls, vaulted ceilings and modern recessed spotlights. Surprising detail is the white resin floor, beautifully illustrated with a faithful representation of the map of Narnia, the imaginary 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, is an ironic container with well 875 books that, like bricks, become part of the same furniture.
The project also includes a welcoming, deep blue room with curved lines, perfect for reading and telling stories, with voluminous fuchsia and blue circular armchairs. Even the individual reading stations, in wood and positioned next to the sources of natural light, are warm and welcoming, to make the immersion in the narrative even more pleasant and intense. Classic and non-classical authors, like illustrated books and didactics, take on fun and engaging shades in this lively and interactive environment.
The Director of Thomas's London Day School Phil Ward said:
"The transformation of the most bare part of our school into a structure that attracts children is truly surprising. 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 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 approach to learning characteristic of Studio Thomas's. For us it was a real pleasure to collaborate on this project, which from the beginning to the end proved to be exciting. The result is a testament to the institute's commitment to offering students the best learning environment. "
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