Studio 300. Entry view from elevators with group collaboration rooms at back. Photography: Scott McDonald©Hedrich Blessing

Studio 300 at Fountaindale Public Library

Bolingbrook, Illinois

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Area:  6,500 square feet

Site & Program: Studio 300 is a digital media lab that manifests the trend in public libraries from a service model based on ‘content consumption’ towards one based on ‘content creation.’ It’s an exemplary 21st-century approach to addressing the long-standing public library goal of giving library users access to resources otherwise unavailable to them.

The program consists of a variety of audio and video recording studios, a control room, and group collaboration rooms organized around an open digital lab equipped with high-powered editing stations. An integral part of Studio 300’s services is furnishing users with ‘pro-sumer’ grade equipment including digital movie and photography cameras, lighting, musical instruments, editing software, and 3D and large-format printing.

 

 

Design: Studio 300 occupies about half of the basement space at Fountaindale Public Library, which was also designed by Nagle Hartray and opened to the public in 2011. The studio’s interior design attempts to strike a balance between integrating it with the library as a whole and distinguishing its uniqueness. Wood column and ceiling finishes and millwork computer tables echo similar finishes and furnishings throughout the library. By contrast, a vibrant color palette and a keyboard inspired fabric-wrapped tile ceiling animate Studio 300 unlike any other library space.

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