PS1 Bergen School Library
Creating Flexible Learning Spaces
The PS1 Bergen School Library Project was part of the Robin Hood Foundation Library Initiative, a program whose long-term mission was to have all NYC children reading at grade level or above. The aim of the project was to transform two classrooms into a library that could accommodate 10,000 new books, house an instructional area with tables and seating for up to 30 second to fifth graders, and a reading-aloud space for 30 younger children.
MPA created an integrated assembly of custom designed Work Tables, a reading “Stage” with a kid-friendly floor, and, in collaboration with Pentagram, a set of large-scale graphic identity elements, including a frieze of children’s drawings, the LIBRARY bench, the WELCOME door, and a colorful multi-layered ceiling. Through MPA’s advocacy, elements of the library extend outward into the corridor and stairwell, maximizing the project’s contribution to the overall identity and atmosphere of the school.
Client: Robin Hood Foundation Library Initiative
Graphic Design: Pentagram
Construction Manager: F.C. Sciame
Peter Mauss, Esto
Building Brooklyn Award, 2008
Design Share Award, International Forum for Innovative Schools, 2005
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