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Architects needed for Mies' Washington library revamp

A design team is sought for the overhaul of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s 1972 Martin Luther King Jr memorial library in Washington DC

It is understood the nationally protected landmark has developed ‘serious’ structural problems with its curtain wall and DC Public Library, the body responsible for all of Washington’s libraries, wants to rejuvenate the building as a ‘place for residents to explore, connect, create and engage’, becoming ‘the library of the future’.

Full architect and engineering services are called for and, though no decision has been made on the ‘extent of renovations or additions’, shops, flats and six storeys could be added under the plans.

A 2012 study proposed combining the library with a mixture of uses including retail and housing with hopeful applicants expected to accommodate these needs ‘while modernising the structure’.

Conceptual designs are sought to be developed with shareholders to include ‘innovative design, demolition (partial), new construction, preservation/restoration and/or mixed-use development.’

Proposals are due 23 September with a current brief available through the library’s own page.

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