SKOLNICK was retained to design a new addition to the main branch of the Queens Library. The Children’s Library Discovery Center (CLDC) is a unique three-level science-focused children’s library that includes interactive exhibit stations developed in conjunction with the Exploratorium, the New York Hall of Science and the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Working as a team with the client, their exhibit developers, and the project’s architect, SKOLNICK created all the environmental graphics, way finding, and interior design enhancements to support the message of this new venture for the Queens Library— “Mapping Our World.” In addition, the firm created the “under the sea” themed environment for the early childhood area, which includes a wrap-around mural, ceiling sculpture and custom furniture.
Colorful graphic elements were developed to announce the CLDC from within the existing library facility. A large floor map of Queens with illustrative icons leads visitors into the Children’s Library Discovery Center and orients them to both the borough at large as well as the various offerings within. Wayfinding directories and graphics were developed to identify various features throughout the new building, including “Dewey Lane,” a book stack area on the second level, and the “Cyber Center” computer area. Sculptural icons were designed to identify special “science plazas” that incorporate interactive exhibits, changing displays and reading material related to the natural and physical sciences. The SKOLNICK-designed interiors were developed in association with 1100 Architect, architect for the new building.