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Adjaye unveils £23m Florida library vision

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Adjaye Associates has unveiled plans for a £23 million library in Winter Park, a suburb of Orlando, Florida

The project – backed by the Winter Park City Commission – will deliver a 4,600m² library, events space and civic centre in the north-west corner of the city’s landmark Martin Luther King, Jr Park.

The practice is working with local firm HuntonBrady Architects to deliver the scheme, which comes 12 years after the practice’s Ideas Store Whitechapel Road completed.

Commenting on his firm’s appointment in May, Adjaye said: ‘Winter Park’s vision for this project truly embraces the continued evolution of the library in the 21st century.

‘With a diverse programme that recognises it as a critical piece of cultural infrastructure, this will be a dynamic space for shared education, recreation and interaction. I am thrilled to be working with the city on a design that I hope can become a true beacon for its neighbourhood, with resonance for the entire community.’

The lakeside proposal includes two neighbouring structures each with four massive arching windows providing views over the surrounding green space.

Last year the studio completed its largest commission to date, the National Museum of African-American History and Culture, while its founder, David Adjaye, picked up a knighthood in January.

Last month the practice won the contest to design a Holocaust memorial in London. Other US schemes currently in the pipeline include a spy museum in New York and Harlem’s Studio Museum.

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