Over the years, classrooms at Cherry Lane Elementary School had been converted for library use. The time had come for these spaces to revert to classroom utilization, and this provided an opportunity to add a new library to the building. The project required spaces for book stacks, small-group instruction, group reading/performance and COST PER SQ FT$344.00FEATURED IN2009 Architectural Portfolio "tract" center for the storage and assembly of multimedia materials.
The base construction for the addition is steel frame with masonry wall infill. Exterior materials were selected to give the addition a vocabulary of its own without divorcing it from the parent structure. Multiple sound, video projection and computer systems were required for incorporation of technology into the library curriculum.
Color and geometric shapes abound throughout the design to appeal to children. On the interior, a carousel theme dictates the organization of spaces and establishes the curved exterior wall. Artist Scott Gustafson donated use of his images from the book, Classic Fairy Tales, for use in the library’s interior, tying together the joint themes of the carousel and childrens’ literature.