In collaboration with the Tulsa City - County Library and the Junior League of Tulsa, 1Architecture re-envisioned the ideas of tutoring and creativity to design a dynamic space that promotes learning and exploration. The program is modeled after the successful 826 Valencia, a San Francisco based non-profit dedicated to promoting academic achievement success in under-resourced students.
The primary objective of the Intergalactic Spaceport and Emporium is to support students with their creative and expository writing skills and help tutors inspire their students to write. With this in mind, 1Architecture endeavored to make learning fun by creating an interactive environment that is equipped with all the essentials of a tutoring lab and adding amenities that include a stage and retail clusters.
The design consists of three distinct rooms. The waiting area, a futuristic spaceport environment, provides the initial visitor launch pad from the outside earthly world to a distant galaxy. The “Red Room” doubles as a retail space and an activity area “planet” that can be used for presentations and offers flexibility to accommodate various tutoring and mentoring programs. The dedicated tutoring space can be reached by traversing the universe through the adjacent galaxy hallway or by stepping through the stage portal. The tutoring space is filled with the wonders of the universe. As students look around, they are surrounded by the infinite possibilities found in books and the galaxies beyond.
1Architecture believes you can help young people to gain critical skills and write with confidence by creating an interactive space that is comfortable, fun and inspires their imagination.