Kevin Loo-Chan

From the 2023 Architectural Portfolio: Noelani Elementary School, I.D.E.A. Center

Feb. 2, 2024
The project was recognized as an outstanding design in the Elementary Schools category.

The I.D.E.A. Center (“Innovate, Discover, Explore, Achieve”) at Noelani Elementary School in Honolulu, Hawaii, is a multipurpose building featuring a modern school library and makerspace. The main library space is designed to foster a love of books and learning among young readers. Clerestory windows in the large, high-ceilinged room provide ample daylight as well as views of the green ridges surrounding the school. Noelani’s large print book collection is held in built-in bookshelves, which flank reading nook window seats. A cozy story area with a colorful rug, movable shelving, and a technology classroom supports the library’s current needs and has the flexibility to accommodate future needs.

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