The renovated family gallery is “super chill,” designed to be worthy of a child’s curiosity and adult admiration, demonstrating everyone is hard-wired for creativity. The whiteness of the space serves as a blank slate for artistic expression and media exploration, from new-age technologies, including a Smart Table™, projector and iPads, to traditional art-making. It is an environment rich in evocative objects and commissioned art installations that inspire active learning, choices, and social engagement. Both orientation and terminus, the discovery gallery is “the place” that frames museum visits.
The summer issue Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago (page 168) perches Sharon and Peter atop the Carson Pirie Scott Building, 12 floors above State Street. Editor Diana Tychsen Bitting nailed our story, photographer Katrina Wittkamp captured the moment and some delicious Louis Sullivan ornament and our city served as our backdrop. Cool!
Making Room for Growth
With collections exceeding capacity and unanticipated citywide increase in juvenile population, the Evanston Public Library had little room to grow. This challenging renovation reconfigured and re-envisioned the formal library, transforming it into a literary children’s garden of delights.
Alice McLerran’s story Roxaboxen, captures childhood in a way we all seem to remember. The long endless hours of play, the ability to shape your own world, and a place where imagination can take you anywhere. The evocative imagery by Barbara Cooney captures these moments exquisitely. Roxaboxen children are children everywhere.
Carving Out Room and Resource For Teens
Wow. This is the first time I’ve been in here and I love it! It’s so teenagerish. I really wish my room looked like this! You’re kidding, teens helped design this?! I didn’t know cool stuff like that went on.
~ Evanston High School Senior
Serving Teens, Children and a Growing Community
Symbolic throughout children’s literature, trees serve as the iconic elements in this children’s library, located just within the main library entry. The interactive Dragon Trees of the Fountaindale Public Library stand strong and proud, creating a forest of adventure and discovery where every visit is a story in which to take part.