Following a successful referendum, LAN Associates and Florham Park Public Schools envisioned the future of collaborative spaces in the district. At Brooklake Elementary School, LAN’s Architects worked alongside the district to transform a library and art classroom into a new Creative Commons and STEAM/Robotics classroom. The projects, which were designed with input from the student body, includes a Creative Commons that offers a unique approach to a multi-media learning environment.
Capable of hosting over 50 guests, the center of the room provides a dual sided learning area and tiered seating so all lessons can be within view. On the outside edge, bookcases are incorporated beneath the window sills along with butcher block tops to host displays or models. Tucked behind the main learning areas, is a quiet retreat for small groups of students. Nestled within the bookcases, kids can retreat to work collaborative, escape within a book, or ideate using a vertical LEGO wall. The space is highlighted by a modern aesthetic along with acoustical baffles, containing the noise of a multi-class setup within one area.
By removing an under utilized office space, LAN was able to greatly expand the former art classroom and provide more usable space for the Robotics classroom. The additional space is highlighted by a custom overhead light fixture, bold graphics, and storage opportunities for the parts and pieces needed for robots and small machines.
Florham Park Public Schools
Florham Park, NJ
Architecture, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Construction Administration