+ Design Research + Community Engagement + Project Management + Interior Design + Custom Fabrication
Form & Faculty worked with Perkiomen Valley Middle School East to re-design their 4,000 square foot library space for 21st century learning. We created a variety of flexible and cost-effective solutions that promote group dialogue, presentations, random interactions, individual work, hands-on work, and whole body learning. We themed the space with graphics, and selected a system of furniture and finishes.
The center of the space was re-designed to serve as a gathering area for group work and conversation. At the entry, we designed a cafe area, which draws students into the space and supports casual interactions. The existing circulation desk was repurposed and refinished to serve as a new cafe counter. One corner was transformed into a presentation area with configurable tiered seating, twelve foot whiteboard wall, and lectern.
Students, teachers, and administration were essential in the design process. Through a series of design charrettes, they provided input on functionality, look and feel, and special features. These activities help ensure that learner needs are met, while also generating interest and buy-in for the new space.