What good is a school without a library? A team of 108 eighth-grade students at REALM Charter School in Berkeley, CA let their curiosity take the lead in designing their school's own reading space, which they call X-SPACE.
X-Space started out as a school project in Studio H, an in-school curriculum led by director Emily Pilloton and 8th-grade teacher Hallie Chen that lets students in grades 8-11 design and build in socially-engaged projects.
The idea and name of X-Space came from the students' desire for a place to study, to relax, to learn and discover "X" — the unknown. In short, they wanted a welcoming library space for fellow students at the growing charter school.
Another product of the project is the X-shaped "STAX" shelving system the students helped construct. The stackable shelves were designed from low-tech 13-ply finished plywood and made using high-tech CNC technology with the help of Autodesk CEO Carl Bass.
Studio H launched a Kickstarter on Feb. 25 and has already raised over $43,000 out of a goal of $75,000. Funds will provide approximately $30,000 for 3,000 books; $20,000 for construction materials, lighting, fixtures, hardware; $15,000 for technology; and $10,000 for software, subscriptions, periodicals and E-books. Backers can receive custom-made bookmarks, bookbags, and the STAX shelves. The Kickstarter ends March 27, 2014.
Find out more about X-Space here.
For more images, click the thumbnails below or visit the X-Space Flickr page.