We love to theme public spaces such as libraries, in addition to visitor centre experiences, museum and gallery exhibits. We have been creating themed spaces, especially in childrens library design and fit outs for the past 30 years, which includes some of the most well-known children’s library spaces in Queensland.
What is a themed space?
A themed space incorporates a unified idea or dominant subject throughout the space. Themed spaces generally focus on one idea and interpret that idea in new and interesting ways to create an immersive experience. The overarching theme can be expressed through by utilising techniques in construction and furniture, design, decor, signage, lighting, music and sound, textiles or technology.
Designing and constructing a space which utilises an overarching motif is particularly effective for children. A themed space creates a clear and predictable style and mood throughout, which children find fascinating. It becomes a welcoming environment for exploration, play and education and facilitates creativity
Childrens library design
Libraries are places where children can discover books and hopefully a lifelong love of literature and learning. We design and create imaginative and fun spaces for children to read in. We also understand the functional requirements of modern children’s libraries, and the need for infrastructure which is built to last and for daily use. In addition to this, we understand essential safety aspects in design and fabrication to prevent pinch points and finger entrapment. Our process for creating these library spaces from planning and design, right through to installation and maintenance, considers both fun and functionality on many levels.
As a team with many years of experience designing, producing and installing children’s libraries, Brandi Projects are often asked – “how does our childrens library design help young people engage with our library and make it a place they want to stay longer, and come back to?”
Considerations for children’s libraries and themed spaces
Level of interactivity vs durability
Making an object tactile or a display interactive can really help to increase time in the library, allowing children (and adults) more time to choose appropriate books. A robust childrens library design and fit-out also helps to make children and their parents feel comfortable visiting library spaces and spend time with their children. We work to encourage touching, yet ensure your display is going to last by creating a safe and durable display. Importantly, Brandi Projects also provides a maintenance service for children’s libraries.
Your project may involve thinking of new and innovative ways to create interest and engage children on a budget. Some creative use of printed graphics can really transform spaces in this way, without spending too much money. Other times a coat of paint or some new creative shelving, light fixtures or games can make a space feel different without a complete overhaul of the library space.
Successful modern children’s libraries combine clever use of digital technologies and interactive displays to enhance experiences for children.
Ideas can come from a favourite children’s book or be more general, like nature themes or creative play ideas. We also find children love little spaces in libraries made just their size. Age appropriate chairs and low- level shelving is ideal for browsing and reading. As well, we always add comfy areas for children to sit down and read with carers. Thoughtful use of colour can be very impactful, as can the use of varied, tactile texture and textiles. Incorporating games and play spaces to extend engagement time and educate through play.
Do you want to use an overarching theme in your space?
Whether for children or adults, a themed space can be an exciting experience for visitors. Put our imagination to work to create your theme.