library @ harbourfront is the newest public library in Singapore – and what a stunner it is (scroll down to watch the video).
Situated on level 3 of Vivocity, its large windows show off the gorgeous views of the sea and Sentosa.
Nautical design elements
Look out for elements of its coastal theme in the deck chair-inspired reading lounge (pictured), as well as the blue and green colour palette.
Spanning 3,000 sq m, or about half a football field, the library @ harbourfront is the biggest mall library in Singapore.
Separate zone for kids
It has a seating capacity of 460, with two separate zones for adults and children, to help with noise reduction and crowd management.
The zone for children will feature a dedicated area for children to develop problem-solving and early literacy skills.
Children can make paper crafts and explore word puzzles on their own.
They can also read augmented reality books on topics such as space, animals and body health. Scan the QR codes inside to make the books “come alive”.
There’s also a Stories Come Alive room, where kids can get an immersive interactive learning experience across three walls.
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There are six learning pods (pictured) for adults to access digital content and resources to upgrade their skills, such as TED talk videos and online courses from LyndaLibrary.
LyndaLibrary is an eLearning courseware that offers an on-demand library of instructional videos covering topics such as business, creative design and technology.
The adult zone will be run by volunteers, similar to the arrangement at a number of existing libraries including library @ chinatown and Bukit Panjang Public Library.
The new library replaces Bukit Merah Public Library in Bukit Merah Central, which closed on Nov 30, 2018.
A version of this story first appeared in The Straits Times.
Photos: ST and National Library Board; video: ST