May 21, 2022

Library Design: DC Public Library Names Final Three Architect Teams for MLK Library

From the DC Public Library “Beyond Words” e-Newsletter:

DC Public Library selects Patkau Architects/Ayers Saint Gross/Krueck + Sexton; Mencanoo/Martinez + Johnson Architecture; and STUDIOS Architecture/The Freelon Group as the three design team finalists for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library renovation.

The three finalists will create two preliminary design ideas; one as a stand-alone library and one as a mixed-use building with additional floors.

View the preliminary design ideas in February at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, neighborhood libraries and the library’s website. The teams will present their design ideas to the public in mid-February. Stay tuned for more information.

See Also: Three architecture teams in running to design renovation of D.C.’s MLK Library (via Washington Post)

See Also: 10 Architecture Firms Shortlisted to Help Design NextGen MLK Jr. Library (October 18, 2013)

See Also: Search Begins for Architect to Design New DC Public Library Building (August 21, 2013)
NOTE: Includes full text of RFQ.

See Also: Learn More About the Renovation Project
Additional links and background via DCPL.

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