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  7. Francis A. Gregory Library / Adjaye Associates

Francis A. Gregory Library / Adjaye Associates

  • 01:00 - 30 July, 2012
Francis A. Gregory Library / Adjaye Associates
Francis A. Gregory Library / Adjaye Associates, © Jeff Sauers
© Jeff Sauers

© Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner © Jeff Sauers © Edmund Sumner +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    3660 Alabama Ave SE, Washington, DC 20020, United States
  • Design Team

    David Adjaye; Austin Harris, RA; Russell Crader, RA; Edward Yung
  • Architect of record

    Wiencek + Associates
  • Area

    23000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

  • Structural Engineering

    ReStl Designers, Inc.
  • Mechanical Engineering

    Setty & Associates
  • Landscape Consultant

    Greenhorne & O’Mara
  • Client

    Capital Projects
  • Budget

    U$ 13M
  • Software

    Autocad 2010
  • More SpecsLess Specs
© Jeff Sauers
© Jeff Sauers

From the architect. Adjaye Associates won an open competition to design two new neighbourhood libraries for the District of Columbia. The brief called for the new buildings to be flexible, accessible, welcoming and inviting. Resonating with the Idea Stores in London’s Tower Hamlets, the libraries challenge the traditional closed typology, introducing a social element that establishes a strong urban and cultural remit.

Second Floor Plan
Second Floor Plan

West Elevation Section CC Section BB Section AA +28

The sketch-like quality of the 22,500 SF Francis Gregory Library suggests a woodland folly – a building that is a pavilion within Fort Davis Park. Views of the park are framed from within, while the exterior of the building both reflects and complements the dense composition of trees and the striking natural environment.

© Edmund Sumner
© Edmund Sumner

Viewed from the street, the building appears to flicker with the changing light, providing a lens through which to see into the park. The two-storey library provides space for three major library services: adults, teenagers and children. There is also a public meeting room and conference rooms.

© Edmund Sumner
© Edmund Sumner

© Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner +28

Achieving LEED Silver, the design strategy is highly sustainable, with the building taking advantage of the natural vegetation, maximizing the winter sun exposure and controlling the summer sun with a large canopy over the pavilion. The canopy welcomes the public inside, providing an effective transitional space from the street. The structural system is articulated in the reflective geometric façade that supports the curtain wall and roof, while the network of quadrilateral openings continue inside and frame the views of the park.

Wall Section
Wall Section

A number of windows are deep set to enable seating within the aperture, itself, encouraging visitors toward the perimeter of the building to reflect and enjoy the views. The material palette inside the building is largely timber – again, resonating with the woodland setting.  

© Edmund Sumner
© Edmund Sumner
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?ar?chitect · August 02, 2012

I visited this today, and it is superb. It's so subtle, these photographs do not convey how good it feels and how well it works.

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bill bill · August 01, 2012

Looks like a return to form for adjaye.

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