Adjaye unwraps brace of Washington DC libraries
[First look] Adjaye Associates has completed these two new libraries in the heart of the United States capital Washington DC
The three-storey William O. Lockridge Bellevue library features a concrete and glazed facade with timber fins.
Along with its two-storey sister library, the Francis Gregory, the practice said both schemes have ‘a social element with a strong urban and cultural programme’.
David Adjaye said: ‘The primary act of public architecture is to create spaces that are socially edifying and socially liberating – using design excellence as a social force that makes good.’
The practice is also working on another Washington DC project, the National Museum of African American History and Culture due to open in 2015.