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WHY THIS DESIGN WORKS BREAKING DOWN A DESIGN
The lighting is intended
to have a residential
feel, with overhead
pendants supplemented
by integrated LEDs to
illuminate the books.
A white oak shelving
unit serves both as
storage for 1,200 books
and a screen to block
the mezzanine from the
room below.

Glass wall
paneling doubles
as an erasable
writing surface.

When stored, the
colorful upholstered
poufs serve as a
continuous backrest
for children sitting
on the floor.

The custom rug pattern by artist
Alex Proba helps to map the
functions of the space-a dark
blue section defines the area for
sitting on the floor, for example.

Creating a New Chapter
PROJECT DETAILS:
Children's Library at
Concourse House: Home for
Women and Their Children
LOCATION: New York
DESIGNER: Michael K Chen
Architecture (MKCA)
OPENED: December 2018

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Tucked into the former choir loft of a 1930s Bronx chapel, this children's library brings
new energy to Concourse House, a shelter serving women and children transitioning out of
homelessness. Its playful and vibrant design creates a safe space for reading and story time.
While the building's vaulted ceiling provides a handsome backdrop, the angular and dark
wood paneling also brought its own design challenges. "We knew that there was a history of
the dark vaulted space being intimidating to the children, so the carpet, poufs, and shelving
are all designed to be friendly in their form, almost cuddly," says Michael K. Chen, principal of
Michael K Chen Architecture and a professor of architecture at Pratt Institute in New York.
"We didn't want to interfere at all with the ceiling, so the library elements come right up to it
to create shelving and a protective barrier that separates the space from the chapel below."

Photo by: Alan Tansey

By Emily Brooks


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