Posts Tagged ‘ludwig mies van der rohe’

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

Preservation concerns could mean a more limited redesign.

Renderings Show a Sleeker, More Engaging MLK Library

D.C.'s central library is set for an upgrade. And now we're starting to get a sense of what it might look like.
Today D.C. Public Library released preliminary design renderings of the post-renovation version of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. The 1972 library, designed by famed modernist Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, is in need [...]

MLK Library Will Be Redesigned by Mecanoo and Martinez+Johnson Architecture

Downtown's Martin Luther King, Jr. Library will be redesigned by the architectural firms Mecanoo and Martinez+Johnson Architecture, Mayor Vince Gray announced this morning—a project that will install a diagonal addition and public gardens atop the controversial (or, depending on your aesthetic leanings, iconic) Mies van der Rohe-designed building. Aaron Wiener, returning from vacation, will have a take on the announcement later [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]