PUBLIC LIBRARY CHILDRENS ROOM RENOVATION

Play Park with Preschool Playhouse
Photo © Doug Snower
Dragon Trees & Sensory Integration
Photo © Doug Snower
World Park & Games
Photo © Doug Snower
Dragon Tree at Entry Help Desk
Photo © Doug Snower
Creativity Park & Maker Space
Photo © Doug Snower
Artful Study Room
Photo © Doug Snower
Storytelling Room
Photo © Doug Snower
Storytelling Room
Photo © Doug Snower
Encouraging Literacy & Socialization
Photo © Doug Snower
Architects
Architecture Is Fun
Location
Year
2011
Cost
100K - 1M
Stories
1-5 Stories
Client
Fountaindale Public Library
Team
Architecture Is Fun, Sharon Exley, Peter Exley
Wallcoverings
Knoll Textiles
Artist in Collaboration with Architecture Is Fun
Matthew Hoffman
Custom Wallcoverings
Studio Printworks
Textiles and Wallcoverings
Architex LJH
Wallcoverings & Textiles
Maharam
Fat Boy Bean Bags
Fat Boy USA
Laminate & Custom Laminates
Wilsonart
Laminate
Abet Laminati
Glacier Glass Tile Supplier
Stone Source
Eames Furnishings
Herman Miller
Custom Millwork Fabrication
Morley Exhibits
Rug Supplier
Angela Adams
Curatorial & FF&E
Fun Finders
Flooring
InterfaceFLOR
Art Supplier
Charley Harper Studio

Serving Children and a Growing Community
Symbolic throughout children’s literature, trees serve as the iconic elements in this children’s library, located just within the main library entry. The interactive Dragon Trees of the Fountaindale Public Library stand strong and proud, creating a forest of adventure and discovery where every visit is a story in which to take part.

Participatory Design with Librarians
Librarians referenced a delightful storybook by Jane Langton in which children save a tree. This design impetus helped bring the Dragon Trees to life. Slender metal-framed trunks reach out and invite children to a landscape of art and story. Children and families discover interaction and play under each outstretched canopy. The undersides of the canopies feature story quotes designed in collaboration with artist Matthew Hoffman.
The Dragon Trees create vistas within the children's library, while taking advantage of the views out-of-doors. Color palettes are warm, charming, and sophisticated.

This thoughtful renovation sets a literature-rich landscape with a variety of spaces to learn, play, study, and read.

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