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  7. Benning Library / Davis Brody Bond Aedas

Benning Library / Davis Brody Bond Aedas

  • 01:00 - 1 August, 2010
Benning Library / Davis Brody Bond Aedas
Benning Library / Davis Brody Bond Aedas, © Paúl Rivera - archphoto
© Paúl Rivera - archphoto

© Paúl Rivera - archphoto © Paúl Rivera - archphoto © Paúl Rivera - archphoto © Paúl Rivera - archphoto +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Washington, DC, USA
  • Co Lead Designers

    Peter Cook, AIA & J. Max Bond, Jr., FAIA
  • Project Team

    Christiane DeJong, AIA, LEED AP, Jeffrey Harrigan, Nathan Hoyt, FAIA, Andrew McGee, Cody McNeal, LEED AP, Charlie Salinas
  • Structural/Civil Engineer

    Delon Hampton
  • Geotechnical Engineer

    Professional Consulting Corporation
  • Mechanical Engineer

    JVP Engineers
  • Lighting Consultant

    MCLA
  • Landscape Architect

    Lee and Associates
  • Contractor

    Forrester Construction Company
  • A/V, Security, It

    Polysonics
  • Elevator Consultant

    Williams-Huntt & Associates
  • Furniture Management

    Fahrenheit, LLC
  • Cost Estimator

    S.C. Meyers & Associates, Inc.
  • Community Outreach

    Circle Point
  • Project Cost

    $10,000,000
  • Area

    22000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

From the architect. Benning Library is located on a sloped site along Benning Road, N.E. The building is terraced into the terrain allowing access from both Benning Road at the upper level and from a commercial shopping area at the lower level. The two floors of the facility are connected by a public stair inside the building, creating a space which encourages pedestrian circulation through the library in order to connect one street elevation to another. Benning Library utilizes a warm color palette of earth tones and a copper panel facade to complement its residential setting. Approximately 315 copper panels chosen for the exterior reflect the sun and provide a warm glow in the late afternoon.

© Paúl Rivera - archphoto
© Paúl Rivera - archphoto

The completed facility includes community spaces on the lower level including a 100-person multi-purpose room, two 12-person conference rooms and a public gathering and exhibition space. The upper level of the library houses the library’s collection, which on opening day included 40,000 books, DVDs, CDs and other library materials. The library has space to allow the collection to expand to up to 80,000 items. Additionally, the upper level features separate reading areas for adults, teens and children, as well as the children’s program area. Five small study rooms offer opportunities for quiet study or tutoring sessions. The library has 32 computers for public use.

© Paúl Rivera - archphoto
© Paúl Rivera - archphoto

Designed to meet LEED Silver Certification, Benning Library incorporates a vegetative green roof, a displacement air system, solar control and daylight management and extensive use of recyclable and renewable materials. The quality and nature of light was an important factor in the design approach. The library is situated in a bowl-like condition with ample southern exposure.

© Paúl Rivera - archphoto
© Paúl Rivera - archphoto
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António João Antunes · February 06, 2011

Space well organized.

ygogolak · August 02, 2010

Nice, light interiors, but that carpet in the main space is ugly.

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