Windward Community College, Library Learning Commons

Kane'ohe, Hawaii

  • FIRM

    Architects Hawaii, Ltd.


    University of Hawaii

  • AREA

    69,984 sq.ft.





Embracing the evolution of education in the 21st century, the Windward Community College Library Learning Commons encourages all styles of learning for its students while inspiring interaction and promoting sustainability.

With classrooms, a state-of-the-art media center and a coffee shop, the Library Learning Commons serves as an ideal academic campus center ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$333.32FEATURED IN2013 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers combines five previous individual buildings. The levels of the library are organized by their functions; the lower level is a more public and active zone, and the upper level is a more private study zone.

The selection and placement of specific interior design features and materials aided in creating an intuitive learning experience for the user. These features, such as the carpet tiles, provided silent cues signaling appropriate behavior and acoustical levels of noise. Wayfinding elements also help in expressing movement and guide users throughout the space.

Open common spaces encourage interaction and accommodate user needs with mobile furniture.  As a flexible study environment, the library promotes both collaborative and individual learning styles.

The Library Learning Commons is the first green library in Hawaii. It features eco-friendly benches and cabinetry made from the roof decking of a previously demolished building. Daylight throughout 75 percent of the library aids in creating a more efficient learning environment.

Vivid colors and captivating patterns within the interior design reflect the spectacular views of the surrounding environment while also inspiring students and the community.