P.S. 58 Carroll School

Brooklyn, New York

  • FIRM

    loci architecture


    New York City Department of Education

  • AREA

    1,200 sq.ft.





The library at P.S. 58 Carroll School, a public elementary school in Brooklyn, N.Y., represents a collaboration among parents and school administrators who collectively participated in the project’s design and fund-raising activities.

Prior to starting the project, the ”library” was a dreary space that was being used as an ad hoc science classroom. The goal was to ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$158.00CITATIONSilver CitationFEATURED IN2009 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers the library’s purpose as a rich curriculum resource within a public school. Rolling bookshelves allow for larger school gatherings, author visits and dance classes, and a vibrant palette of materials reflects the spirit and warmth of a learning environment.

An abstract solar system design in natural linoleum flooring and custom furniture create a playful juxtaposition of curved geometries. Bold stripes of the palette colors float behind sanded acrylic, an abstraction of book spines stacked side by side on a shelf.

Murals by parent artists show how exploration extends beyond the Earth, and includes the history, myths and fables of youth.

“The colors, furnishings and casework contribute to a fantastic learning environment!”--2009 jury