- To facilitate exploration by supplying circulation paths and sight lines
- To create a homogeneous space for children five and under so that they can more easily use categorical information to organize the area, such as spatial boundaries
- Children ages 6-8 scan vertically when wayfinding while children ages 8-12+ are capable of scanning horizontally
You will notice a purple line flowing through the floorplan. This purple line guides children through the entire library from the moment they walk in. The line does not always remain a line on the floor (as you will see in drawings and renderings further below), at times it becomes table legs, lights and reveals within the librarian's circulation desk, neon floating fluorescent lighting, power strips on the computer workstations and even windows within bookcases.
The space has also been divided by age groups; children ages 0 - 2nd grade are in one area and children grades 3rd - 5th are in another. The custom seating I have provided mimic some of the shapes seen in Harold and the Purple Crayon, namely the moon that followed Harold in every step of his adventure.
Here in section, you will see the older kid's seating area, a bit of the avenue of computer workstations and a small glance at the younger children's seating area in front of the glass facing the courtyard (designed in order quite the louder children). You will noticed the middle window of the courtyard is in purple. This is where the purple line ends. It travels through a series of custom bookcases with purple windows cut out and ends at the biggest window of them all ( as seen in sketch in beginning summary). This big final window represents Harold's window that he finally finds once again.
|Entrance into Library|
|Knoll graphic ink collection wallpaper and Kravet ultrasuede eco-green fabrics|
|Panton chairs for computer workstations and work tables|
|Seating for adults in young children's section|
|Additional soft seating for younger children.|