Young designers in space


Prior to renovating its special zone for teens, the municipal library in St-Léonard launched a design competition among Grade 8 students at Antoine-de-Saint-Exupéry high school, to allow them to contribute their ideas.

More than 90 students participated in this friendly competition, which was organized through their visual art class. Supervised by designers Simon Marcotte and Madly Fuss, the students had ten creative workshops so they could sketch and then build representative models and furniture for the library’s new “teen space”. The kids presented their models to a panel of adult judges and then to the public so people could vote for their favourite. The winning project was the work of Feriel Saudia Adghir, Mispah Étindelle Andress Metge and Robert Apostu, who created a giant rocking chair for reading. Two prototypes were made life-size, and they will be added to furnishings in the library.

Combining sound pedagogy with the spirit of play, this competition was a chance for students to learn new skills and make their mark on a place made for them—and now by them as well!