Rainforest found in New Jersey   Leave a comment

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Rainforest found in New Jersey

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Interior Designer, Susan Kowal, was not afraid to pick vivid colors while creating a rainforest in the middle of the Plainfield Public Library.   The new Children’s Library renovation is a living example of sustainable design, where DENNIS KOWAL ARCHITECTS reused and re-invented much of the existing furniture, shelving and building elements to create a rainforest-themed children’s library.

A teen tent, rope bridge, and cargo-crate display cases invite “touch” as well as set the scene for this child-friendly design.   The displays are intentionally at the eye-level of the smaller children adding intimacy and interest to this open plan.  The old story pit becomes a pond crossed by a rope bridge,  the existing stools are recovered in “animal skins” and the existing tables get a new photo-art rainforest makeover.  Hidden among the hand-painted murals of the rainforest are the latest technology in computers, video projection and flat screens.

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Posted September 26, 2011 by Dennis Kowal Architects in Children Spaces, Sustainability

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