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Adjaye unwraps brace of Washington DC libraries

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[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.

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