Chelmsley Wood Library
As part of the Chelmsley Wood shopping centre regeneration project, the central library needed to cater for all sections of the community. Solihull council required a modern library with an open plan feel that would be inviting and vibrant. The layout of the library meant that careful consideration had to be given to space planning and design to maximise the space available and inject interest and stimulation.
This library was to be the centre of the community and as such needed to have broad appeal and be multi functional to accommodate community and learning events. The design had to be modern with visual impact to engage customers on entry and to occupy the floor space part of which was circular.
The 25 meter long wall that ran along the left hand side of the library required design treatment that would make it a feature. A separate Head Space area was required and a children’s area for the local school children to visit needed to be incorporated into the space. It was essential that a local studies area was featured in the library to enable visitors to access resources on the local area.
Bright colours were used throughout the library and modern bespoke furniture added to the contemporary feel that was required. Whilst open plan, on entering the library customers have an opportunity to interact with the space in a number of ways before reaching the helpdesk, also bespoke.
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Dynamic Freedom display units brightened up the space and enable customers to choose from a selection of new releases. Custom made ‘read and write’ pods were installed to encourage visitors to pause and use the space.
The feature wall included light boxes to encourage customers to focus on the length of the library, leading to the help points, located in the centre. Learning zones were located in the rotunda section of the library where bespoke solutions were necessary to make the most of the space.