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Bellevue Library / Adjaye Associates

  • 01:00 - 1 August, 2012
Bellevue Library / Adjaye Associates
Bellevue Library / Adjaye Associates, © Edmund Sumner
© Edmund Sumner

© Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner +4

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bellevue Library, 1111 110th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004, United States
  • Structural Engineering

    ReStl Designers Inc
  • Mechanical Engineering

    Getty and Associates International
  • Client

    District of Columbia Public Libraries
  • Budget

    U$13M
  • Area

    0.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

From the architect. The second of Adjaye Associates’ new neighborhood libraries for the District of Columbia, the William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library is characterised by its celebration of views across the neighborhood, and its insertion into the dramatically sloping site topography. The challenge was also to create a civic building within a residential context.

© Edmund Sumner
© Edmund Sumner

Rather than a single monolithic form, the library is a cluster of geometric volumes, both elevated and grounded physically to the site. Using the grounded main volume to host the library central stacks and primary reading, the elevated volumes create a welcoming portico at the entrance that can be used for events and informal gatherings. The volumes mediate the scale of the building by using small, medium and large forms, derived from the library’s programme but also capturing the surrounding urban fabric and the site topography. Wrapped in a concrete and glazed skin with timber fins, the envelope not only resolves structural and shading requirements, but also articulates the vertical presence of the building juxtaposed to the sloping landscape.

© Edmund Sumner
© Edmund Sumner

On plan, the volumes follow the geometry of the site to form a series of identical, shifting rectangles. The arrangement maximizes the eastern exposure for filtered natural lighting, which is the primary light source. The library service areas are layered, with adults, teenage and children’s services contained within the separate volumes. The first floor contains the circulation desk, adult browsing, sights and sound, a meeting room and library staff support spaces. The second floor has additional adult browsing and children services. The third floor contains further adult, meeting rooms and teen services. The concrete staircase, taking visitors up to the higher levels, matches the incline of the street.

© Edmund Sumner
© Edmund Sumner
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Neil Brady · August 09, 2012

Another incredible library project by British architect David Adjaye, this one in Washington state: http://t.co/mGtf32Hm

The Beautiful Lies · August 09, 2012

Another incredible library project by British architect David Adjaye, this one in Washington state: http://t.co/mGtf32Hm

Edmund Sumner · August 09, 2012

Another incredible library project by British architect David Adjaye, this one in Washington state: http://t.co/mGtf32Hm

Who Dat Consulting · August 03, 2012

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Edmund Sumner · August 03, 2012

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Ornament and Crime · August 02, 2012

The pilotis are particularly fine.

Zainab Gaafar · August 02, 2012

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Humanities Festival · August 02, 2012

Another incredible library project by British architect David Adjaye, this one in Washington state: http://t.co/mGtf32Hm

Fijoy Fisiy · August 01, 2012

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BM · August 01, 2012

WA or D.C.? A little confusion here

SM · August 01, 2012 06:25 PM

They got the address wrong...this is in Washington D.C.

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