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Philadelphia, PA

In the summer of 2018, three branches of the Free Library (Cecil B. Moore, Whitman, and Wyoming) were transformed into hubs of playful learning with indoor Play-and-Learn spaces.

The design at each branch was centered around a set of tangram blocks that are large enough to build with and act as moveable seats. At Cecil B. Moore, a spelling climbing wall is the focus of the space, along with a stage box with magnetic panels for spelling and word poetry, and two bookshelves with puzzle nooks for reading and filling with blocks.

Whitman has a large tower as the focus, with letters cut out of the sides, and internal climbing to a lookout. It also has bookshelves with puzzle nooks and magnetic panels.

Wyoming is centered around a large stage with magnetic panels, for readalouds, concerts, and games. At one end is tiered seating leading to a homework station for after school kids. A bookshelf with a puzzle nook completes the space.


4,400 SF


Free Library of Philadelphia


Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, DIGSAU, Erector Sets, the Temple Infant and Child Lab, and the William Penn Foundation


Completed Summer 2018


Featured by WHYY in the Spring and Summer of 2018, and in The Inquirer

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