A Kid-Sized Library for a Children’s Museum
Who we are:
Woodbury University is located in the Barrio Logan neighborhood of San Diego, California. The team working on this project is comprised of third year architecture students. We are working with The New Children’s Museum (NCM), located in the Marina District of downtown San Diego, to design and build a new library space. NCM is a new model of children’s museum that actively seeks to stimulate imagination, creativity, and critical thinking in children and families through inventive and engaging experiences with contemporary art installations.
What we are building:
The team was approached by The New Children’s Museum to design and build a library space for their existing building. An in-school competition helped kick start initial ideas from which two designs were chosen by NCM staff. The two winning teams have collaborated to blend their concepts and are now in the last phases of development, ready to start production. The final library design has a light, clean, and contemporary aesthetic with organic curves repeated in horizontal patterns.The library incorporates seating, book storage, and unique reading areas in the form of cozy nooks and distinct reading pits that can be covered and converted into stages for impromptu performances and Museum special events. Some of the areas are wrapped in open partitions that continue the horizontal patterning and add to the unique intimate environments created by the students’ design.
Why we are building:
As the architects and leaders of tomorrow we are interested in creating real tangible impact through our work. What better investment of this thinking model, than to build a library space that will engage children and their parents to share a book together. As architecture students most of our ideas remain as drawings and small scale models. This project at the NCM means that there can be an immediate reaction in the real world to our efforts made in school.
How you can help:
The library project at The New Children’s Museum is part of a larger museum-wide thematic exhibition entitled Feast: The Art of Playing with Your Food.The Museum has allotted $6,000 of their total exhibition budget for the library installation. As we are extremely passionate and ambitious about creating a dynamic space that will “wow” Museum visitors of all ages, we have decided to raise additional funds to take the design to the next level. It is important to note, that we (the Woodbury students) are donating our time and labor for the design and production. We would be using these funds to purchase quality materials that are needed to realize our ideal design. This library will be available to all community members and visiting tourists. We are asking for your support to make this project a reality. All funds raised will be used to purchase high-quality, durable materials.Any funds raised over our $12,000 goal will be used to help purchase children’s books to fill up the new library.
Thank you for your consideration. We hope you will pledge your support of this project and make an investment in creativity today.
Risks and challenges
Currently, we have started to fabricate the library, however we do not have enough funds to purchase all the materials to produce the design. With your help we will be able to build the entire design with high-quality, durable materials. If we do not meet our goal, we will have to eliminate portions of the library according to our budget. Please help us complete our vision for the children's library. Thank you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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