World View: Hong Kong's Design Action makes over secondary school library

Information becomes inspiration to open a new chapter for students

As drops falling into a lake cause ripples, so knowledge acquired from books can spread out into inspiration that effects and influences lives.

When Design Action took on this project to transform the library at Yan Oi Tong Chan Wong Suk Fong Memorial Secondary School, they hoped to break the mould of Hong Kong schools and to open a new page in aesthetic education.

After 35 years of catering to students, the library at this not-for-profit secondary school in Teun Mun, Hong Kong, was worn out and under-used.

The designer believes that campus is not only a place for learning, but also serves as second home for students, so a comfortable, welcoming library is impor tant to give them a sense of belonging to the school.

To bring about a more appealing space, themes of nature and ripples were used throughout the 2,500 square foot space.

Ripple layers on ceiling divide the library into divisions, while curved bookshelves together with round shaped table in the center of the library become overlapping ripples, coupled with the patterns on floor and ceiling.

White, green and wood are the main palette for colour and material selection,  symbolising sunlight and nature.

Original windows were replaced with larger glass to showcase the outside world and allow students to read to the sound of cicadas chirping.

We'd definitely love to curl up with a good book here!

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