Growing Young Minds Through Design

Seed Library Project

Seed Library is a recognised as a World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 project (#WDC485), for its use of design to transform the lives of children.

Research indicates that one way of improving literacy and the overall academic performance of learners is for schools to have a well-stocked and adequately staffed library.

At present, only 8% of schools in South Africa have functioning libraries. To ‘spread a seed’ to grow fertile young minds, Seed Library (#WDC485) has designed attractive, yet functional libraries for needy public primary schools using shipping containers.

Seed Library has converted dull grey shipping containers into a place where learners can read, reflect and learn. The architectural design of the libraries uses modular, insulated, eco-friendly, fire retardant panels, boldly and colourfully arranged for optimal functionality and to engage young minds.

A reading platform, swing, grassy border and even a tank to harness rain water have been incorporated into the design.

By creating a functional space that is both secure and attractive, the Seed Library contributes to a healthier learning environment and an improvement in literacy levels.

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