[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.
Adjaye unwraps brace of Washington DC libraries