"BookPlay" 

Stage: under construction

Location: Weeraponkuna, Sri Lanka

Type: School Library

Size: 120sqm

Description:

With a very tight budget, the philanthropic project strives to make the most of what is already provided: by the site, the climate, the school and the vegetation.

The primary concept is to encourage children to explore and play while discovering the joy of reading. Sited on the school premises right alongside the jungle-gym, we integrated the library with the playground, fusing playing and reading.

An existing container is split in two, doubling the 'volume' of the library, and opening it up to draw in the surrounding spaces, perfect for outdoor classes and reading groups.

Rather than spending money or time on complicated shading devices, we simply guide nature to grow strategically to provide naturally shaded areas - like reading under a tree.