Batavia Elementary Schools, Learning Resource Center

Batavia, Illinois

  • FIRM

    ARCON Associates


    Batavia Community Unit School District 101

  • AREA

    59,000 sq.ft.





The district’s vision for this library design, which was built at Hoover-Wood and Grace McWayne elementary schools, was to provide a centerpiece for the school, while still allowing public access, providing natural light, and allowing easy access from every classroom.

The architect broke the box with a trapezoidal design along a curved corridor. The learning center ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$212.00FEATURED IN2002 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers nestled between a two-story curved classroom wing and three kindergarten classrooms.

The box continues to disappear within the center, as the focal point becomes a circular feature clearly defined on the exterior and interior of the building. With a lowered ceiling and circular platform seating, this area becomes a cozy place where children gather for stories, presentations, movies or just lounging around.

One challenge was the relatively small size of the space and the need to house two classrooms of students at one time. This was resolved by allowing free movement throughout the space, locating shelving along walls, and separating seating and learning areas with bookshelves and tables. The playful ceilings and floors also help create a feeling of movement within the space.