Posted by: bluesyemre | April 10, 2017

6 beautiful #libraries in D.C. by famous architects (All designed by David Adjaye, Phil Freelon, or J. Max Bond – Photography by Dustin Renwick)

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The Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Neighborhood Library Photo via D.C. Public Library, Paul Rivera

The Smithsonian Institution’s newest member welcomed nearly 1.3 million visitors in the first six months, and the wait for tickets at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) has become as well-known as the historical objects inside. Even the café received commendations as a James Beard Award semifinalist for best new restaurant.

The full architectural team for the NMAAHC included David Adjaye, Phil Freelon, and the late J. Max Bond. In addition to conjuring a space that’s already a signature of the city’s skyline, these three men created a constellation of municipal buildings in all four capital quadrants.

Washingtonians and visitors alike can explore the work of these renowned architects and designers by looking for their neighborhood libraries—buildings that have garnered a myriad of prominent architectural design awards and LEED sustainability seals.

“Libraries are fabulous things,” says Ginnie Cooper, who served as D.C.’s chief librarian from 2006 to 2013. Below, see six libraries imagined, funded and constructed under her tenure as well as designed by David Adjaye, Phil Freelon, or the late J. Max Bond.

The Anacostia Neighborhood Library

anacostia

The Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library

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The Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library

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The Bellevue (William O. Lockridge) Neighborhood Library

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Benning (Dorothy I. Height) Neighborhood Library

benning

Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Neighborhood Library

shaw

http://dc.curbed.com/2017/3/30/15124418/library-david-adjaye-phil-freelon-dc-washington


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