Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School

Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania

  • FIRM

    Gilbert Architects Inc.


    Colonial School District

  • AREA

    8,227 sq.ft.





The challenge of this project was to increase student use of Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School’s traditional library by transforming it into an exciting, modern place for students to congregate, study and research, while maintaining the functionality and structure of an educational space.

The project team opened up the original space by removing the mezzanine and ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$176.49FEATURED IN2006 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers clerestory windows and daylighted reading alcoves to maximize natural light. Three distinct sections, or bays, were created using different finishes, furnishings and ceiling heights to enhance the space. The center bay serves as the circulation area; the left bay houses the fiction and reading areas; and the right bay contains the research instruction and non-fiction areas.

The library uses design aspects found in trendy bookstores, such as a coffee bar, periodicals reading area and tech library. A unique color scheme draws attention to the space, and invites students and faculty to experience and use it as they never have before.