KEY PLAYERS: Thomas Interior Systems A+D - Skidmore Owings & Merrill Construction - Wight & Company
Opened on August 29th, the Chinatown Public Library brings an element of feng shui along with glass exteriors and an extensive Chinese heritage collection of books.
At Thomas we were excited to play a role in making this unique library come together, along with the design firm Skidmore Owings Merril and Wight Construction. The problem that the library faced was moving stations around and having to add product to the existing stations to close the gap. You can see in the pictures, products from Herman Miller, Hightower, Humanscale, Martin Bratturd, Arper, Six Inch, The Furniture Shop, Indecor, Davis, Allermuir, HBF, Sandusky and JMI Crafted Millwork.
These particular manufacturers were used for aesthetic and unique uses. The community meeting area and the children's zone are placed at the ground level while teen and adult zones are situated on the second level. Like a traditional Chinese courtyard plan, all spaces connected to the central atrium room, providing clear orientation and spatial cohesion. The furniture selection contributes simple, graceful pieces in a limited palette to support the function of the library and the clarity of the architecture. The children's area furniture adds whimsy and a more lively range of color to stimulate curiosity and engagement.
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