Posts Tagged ‘d.c. public library’

Behold: Renderings of the New MLK Library

They're a far cry from the library's current sorry state.

Library Board Endorses MLK Design Without Three-Story Addition

The more radical design isn't quite dead, but it may not have much life left.

Preservation Authorities on MLK Library: Don’t Mess With Mies

Preservation concerns could mean a more limited redesign.

MLK Library Will Need Twice as Much Space as Expected

The New MLK was going to occupy about half of its building. Then the public weighed in.

Here’s How the Redesigned Martin Luther King Jr. Library Could Look

The D.C. Public Library released proposals Friday by the three teams officials selected in December to present ideas for redesigning the system's flagship downtown Martin Luther King Jr. Library—but exactly how involved the renovations would be is still unknown.
All three groups—Mecanoo/Martinez + Johnson Architecture; Patkau Architects/Ayers Saint Gross with Krueck + Sexton; and STUDIOS Architecture/The Freelon [...]

Wanted: An Architect in Search of Controversy

Are you an architect with a love of "very complex" design review processes, embarking on projects about which no decisions have been made, and vocal opposition from former presidential candidates? Then D.C. Public Library has just the project for you!
This morning, DCPL released a solicitation for architects to redesign the city's central library, Martin Luther [...]

Off the Books

The boy on the bicycle flashes a big grin as he rides into the atrium of the Mount Pleasant Library. His father collects the bike and carries it upstairs as the child climbs the steep steps, and the two of them enter the main room on the second floor, joining a group of nervous 4-year-olds [...]

Summary Judgment: Bellevue Is D.C.’s Best New Library Yet

A few months ago, we took a look at Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper's latest architectural showpiece—the Bellevue/Washington Highlands/William O. Lockridge Library, depending on whom you ask—while it was under construction. It's finally finished, and I swung by over the weekend to see how it felt.
Now, the David Adjaye-designed building isn't much to look at, from [...]

Construction Watch: Bellevue Library

The weird, looming entrance of the Bellevue library.

D.C. Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper is nearing the end of her library building streak, with striking new facilities now open in Anacostia, Shaw, Minnesota-Benning, and Tenleytown. Her last two, in Bellevue and Hillcrest and both designed by London-based architect David Adjaye, might be the most bizarre and [...]

Guest Post: A Defense of the MLK Library

The MLK library lobby, soon after opening. (DCPL archives)

After reading my column last week about D.C.'s new libraries, Arts Desk contributor and Mies geek Kriston Capps rose to the defense of our much-maligned central library. Here's his response.
When Mayor Anthony Williams took on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library toward the end of [...]