The Riley Elementary School Media Center was to be visually perceived as an elemental assembly of components, much like building blocks or puzzle pieces. Creating this playful effect was a design challenge with efforts being made to avoid predictable solutions and schemes, both on the interior and exterior. Walls, windows, beams, canopies and roofs are all intentionally fashioned to appear as individual elements pieced together as a composed, multifaceted whole. The simple hip roof appearing to float above the walls below is supported by thin steel tube columns allowing clerestory light into the main volume of the library. More natural light slips through a fragmented, translucent image of the school’s matriarch oak tree applied to the glass of a massive north-facing storefront window. Walls slipping in front of windows, soffits extending from the exterior thru to the interior and roof spans supported by an oversized I-beam are all assembled in balanced asymmetries.