Hippocampus Children’s Library, India

School libraries / Completed 2011

All about the books

The Hippocampus concept in India gives children access to books in a friendly and playful environment. Today there are three Hippocampuses in India and we got involved with the one in Abhiramapuram, Chennai.


Hippocampus is a children’s library located in a community where high quality public library service is not readily available. The neighborhood is middle class and parents pay fees toward library membership.


The promotion of reading skills is most important for the library and the interior is planned to support and improve the interaction between children, books and the experienced staff. With exciting furniture such as the Reading Rocket, Reading Plane and different picture book boxes the interior is clearly designed for its target group. Shelving, computer stations, chairs and tables complete and finish off the installation seamlessly.


The furniture was purchased with the financial aid of Germany’s ”Goethe Institut” in Chennai.