Muskoka Falls Elementary

 / Library


Terry White, Tom Wilson / + VG Architects

Muskoka Falls Elementary

“This is an inspirational space. We give students a chance to to escape into their imagination. This library is a place to learn and ponder, to wonder and imagine.”

Terry White, Partner

The Muskoka Falls Library is a 1200 sq ft room that combines library stacks and computer class workstations with personal and group study time. The Library’s commanding view of the Muskoka River is a key design decision that transforms the school experience.

The room is designed to encourage a sense of wonder – to facilitate the key energy needed to be a life long learner. A low bookcase doubles as the windowsill to allow the students to get right up against the window and look out over the river.

It’s a wonderful place to be get the creative juices going. The windows are almost floor to ceiling along the entire east and most of the south wall. The result is a vibrant connection between the interior to the outdoors. It’s really quite thrilling!

The physical structure of the Library encourages the student to think about how buildings and environments come together. We showcased the school’s steel frame by painting rather than hiding it, allowing you to see how the building works. We’ve pulled the structure apart so you can see the pieces – the windows, the roof, and the beams. We used red cedar on the soffit, allowing you to see the wood ceiling in the library extend to the outside. The carpeted floor is comfortable and cushions the acoustics.

This is an inspirational space. We give students a chance to to escape into their imagination. This library is a place to learn and ponder, to wonder and imagine.