Hamilton Elementary School (Work in Progress)

Hamilton, Missouri

The media center at Hamilton R-II Elementary School dispels the notion that a library space should be just a run-of-the-mill home for books.

The goal was to create an interesting space that fed into the school’s overall “Main Street” concept. The media center itself is an open, airy space, with views out to the rural landscape beyond. Its ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$126.00FEATURED IN2009 Educational InteriorsSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress connection to the main corridor emphasizes the connection to the Main Street. This feeling of openness is attributable to the fact that the space is actually just an extension of the corridor, separated from it only by a partial-height decorative glass wall. The patterned wall features alternating panels of clear and reeded glass in a rectilinear pattern.

While standing in the library space itself, one can see views of the colorful accent blocks of the burnished block wall beyond “blur out” as they pass behind the reeded sections of the glass wall. This layering of pattern creates an interesting effect as one moves around in the space, providing a separation from the hallway, yet encouraging a constant connection with it.