Robin Hood L!brary Initiative

Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island

2004-2008

In 2004, 1100 partnered with the Robin Hood Foundation on their L!brary Initiative aimed at providing underserved New York City public schools with quality libraries. For Public School 16 in Staten Island, 1100 departed from the conventional library typology to create a versatile space built around a serpentine bookcase, dubbed the “bookworm.” 1100 was subsequently selected to design five additional libraries for the Robin Hood Foundation. The curvilinear “bookworm” concept established for PS 16 was further refined and developed into a flexible, modular system that could adapt to the range of layouts and conditions at each of the five schools. In each instance, the bookcase acts as the visual focal point of the space and divides the library into separate and versatile areas.

© Peter Mauss/Esto

Robin Hood L!brary Initiative

Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island

2004-2008

Public School 16, Staten Island, NY
For the library at PS 16, 1100 departed from the conventional interpretation of a library, lined with linear shelving, to create a space in which a freestanding, serpentine bookcase is the primary object. The fluid shape of the bookcase is both a functional spatial solution and a stimulating visual component that resonates strongly with the grade-school children.

© Peter Mauss/Esto

The bookcase divides the small space into distinct areas for presentation, instruction, and reading, without the addition of drywall partitions. The permeability of the shelves allows for visual access and audio stimulation, breathing life into the space with its organic, free flowing form.

© Peter Mauss/Esto

The shape of the bookcase is echoed in giant light fixtures that effectively illuminate, anchor, and further define the individual work areas.

© Peter Mauss/Esto

Graphic design firm Pentagram’s expressive graphics in the school’s colors lends an energizing and spirited quality to the space.

© Peter Mauss/Esto

Public School 147, Brooklyn, NY
PS 16 served as the prototype for five additional libraries that we designed for the Robin Hood Library Initiative. The modular and interchangeable book storage system offers a variety of layouts that work well with the existing conditions at each of the schools.

© Albert Vecerka/Esto
© Albert Vecerka/Esto
© Albert Vecerka/Esto
© Albert Vecerka/Esto

Public School 81, Queens, NY

© Jessica Paul/KCJP
© Jessica Paul/KCJP
© Jessica Paul/KCJP
© Jessica Paul/KCJP

Public School 46, Brooklyn, NY
We used a combination of standard shelving products and custom materials (including poured epoxy floors) to create a playful, engaging environment.

© Jessica Paul/KCJP
© Jessica Paul/KCJP

Public School 201, Queens, NY
1100 Architect and Robin Hood collaborated with Pentagram, conducting interactive workshops with students from the five schools to establish a language of story symbols.  Each student created a pictogram that was derived from a written story. A random sampling of final pictograms was chosen and displayed as large format graphic artwork in each school.

© Jessica Paul/KCJP

Robin Hood L!brary Initiative

Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island

2004-2008

© Peter Mauss/Esto

In 2004, 1100 partnered with the Robin Hood Foundation on their L!brary Initiative aimed at providing underserved New York City public schools with quality libraries. For Public School 16 in Staten Island, 1100 departed from the conventional library typology to create a versatile space built around a serpentine bookcase, dubbed the “bookworm.” 1100 was subsequently selected to design five additional libraries for the Robin Hood Foundation. The curvilinear “bookworm” concept established for PS 16 was further refined and developed into a flexible, modular system that could adapt to the range of layouts and conditions at each of the five schools. In each instance, the bookcase acts as the visual focal point of the space and divides the library into separate and versatile areas.

© Peter Mauss/Esto

Public School 16, Staten Island, NY
For the library at PS 16, 1100 departed from the conventional interpretation of a library, lined with linear shelving, to create a space in which a freestanding, serpentine bookcase is the primary object. The fluid shape of the bookcase is both a functional spatial solution and a stimulating visual component that resonates strongly with the grade-school children.

© Peter Mauss/Esto

The bookcase divides the small space into distinct areas for presentation, instruction, and reading, without the addition of drywall partitions. The permeability of the shelves allows for visual access and audio stimulation, breathing life into the space with its organic, free flowing form.

© Peter Mauss/Esto

The shape of the bookcase is echoed in giant light fixtures that effectively illuminate, anchor, and further define the individual work areas.

© Peter Mauss/Esto

Graphic design firm Pentagram’s expressive graphics in the school’s colors lends an energizing and spirited quality to the space.

© Albert Vecerka/Esto

Public School 147, Brooklyn, NY
PS 16 served as the prototype for five additional libraries that we designed for the Robin Hood Library Initiative. The modular and interchangeable book storage system offers a variety of layouts that work well with the existing conditions at each of the schools.

© Albert Vecerka/Esto
© Albert Vecerka/Esto
© Albert Vecerka/Esto
© Jessica Paul/KCJP

Public School 81, Queens, NY

© Jessica Paul/KCJP
© Jessica Paul/KCJP
© Jessica Paul/KCJP
© Jessica Paul/KCJP

Public School 46, Brooklyn, NY
We used a combination of standard shelving products and custom materials (including poured epoxy floors) to create a playful, engaging environment.

© Jessica Paul/KCJP
© Jessica Paul/KCJP

Public School 201, Queens, NY
1100 Architect and Robin Hood collaborated with Pentagram, conducting interactive workshops with students from the five schools to establish a language of story symbols.  Each student created a pictogram that was derived from a written story. A random sampling of final pictograms was chosen and displayed as large format graphic artwork in each school.

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