Client: Rob!nhood Foundation
Architect: 1100 Architects
1100 Architects came to us with the concept of creating a standardized library shelving system that would feature two ‘hinge’ element that would allow the shelf elements to be connected at different angles. The ‘Bookworm’ elements could then be configured (grouped) in different ways, curving through the space, to match unique site conditions for each of the five library spaces.
The five public school libraries were installed as part of the L!brary Initiative sponsored by the Robinhood Foundation and NYC Department of Education.
The system is flexible and allowed for tall stacks, counter height areas, seating areas and even passages. Each box has a laminated central divider and is accessible from both sides.
Milder Office’s design-for-production approach maximized efficiencies and ensured ease of installation. Milder Office produced the components in upstate New York, and assembled in New York city as a means of lowering shipping and delivery costs for the project.
Close up of box showing the laminate center divider. We can provide the laminate color of your choice.
P.S. 216 Arturo Toscanini Library
HMA2’s design for the P.S. 216 Arturo Toscanini (K216) Library renovation features staggered boxes as bookshelves to create an open feel and clear sight lines across the library. Milder Office provided consulting and production engineering for the design, and was the fabricator on the job.
Milder Office has produced and installed several New York Public School libraries for the New York School System and the Robinhood Foundation as part of the L!brary Initiative.