January 5, 2014
by Canadian Architect
The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in the District of Columbia recently selected three final architect teams for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library renovation: Mecanoo/Martinez + Johnson Architecture; Patkau Architects/Ayers Saint Gross with Krueck +Sexton; and STUDIOS Architecture/The Freelon Group.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, at 901 G St. NW, will have a major renovation and modernization to meet the current and future needs of D.C. residents. The building, designed by Modernist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, was designated an historic landmark in 2007.
The finalists will develop two preliminary design ideas: one of a stand-alone library and one of a mixed-use building with additional floors. Both design ideas are intended to show each team’s vision and approach to renovating the central library. No decisions have been made on the type or extent of the renovations or additions to the library.
“The design ideas and presentations will show the library and the public the capabilities and vision of the finalists,” said Joi Mecks, interim chief librarian for the DC Public Library. “While the ideas presented may not necessarily be the final concepts used, the overall process will help us pick the best team for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library renovation.”
In early February, the design ideas will be displayed at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, in neighbourhood libraries and on the library’s website. In addition, teams will present their design ideas and approach at a public meeting on Saturday, February 15, 2014.
In addition to attending the presentation in February, the public has many ways to provide input that will be shared with the final three teams and ultimately the selected firm.
The selected architect team will work with library staff and consultants to explore the recommendations outlined by the Urban Land Institute’s assessment in fall 2011. Options in the assessment include renovating the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library as a stand-alone library or as a mixed-use building with additional floors.
For more information on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library renovation, please visit www.dclibrary.org/mlkfuture
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