Children’s story area
Bloomingdale Children’s Library
Design Executed as Project Manager at Belmont Freeman Architects
This project is a renovation of a 1960s branch of The New York Public Library, which had a very limited budget.
Our design is based on a theme of “How Things Work,” in which kids are encouraged to learn about and engage with the systems and structure of the existing space. Accordingly, we removed a low acoustical ceiling to reveal the concrete frame above, and installed new exposed ductwork. We painted these systems different colors to highlight them for the kids.
We designed educational graphics such as DNA strings and dinosaur skeletons, and had these applied to the walls and millwork. Custom light fixtures with exposed fluorescent tubes resemble lightning bolts.
We designed educational graphics for the ends of the bookcases
Book display at the entry to the library
Custom designed zig-zag light fixtures hang below exposed structure and HVAC systems
PAUL MICHAEL ARCHITECTS, PLLC All Rights Reserved 1221 E Pike St #300 Seattle WA 98122 USA (206) 890-9229
Name: Bloomingdale Children's Library Renovation
Location: New York, NY
Scope: Interior Renovation of existing upper level of
Branch Library on Manhattan's Upper East Side
Area: 4000 SF
Monty Freeman, Principal
Paul Michael Davis, Project Designer