Three teams have been shortlisted from a longlist of ten for the renovation of Washington DC’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - the only library and D.C. building ever designed by Mies van der Rohe. The three competing teams are:
- Martinez and Johnson Architects / Mecanoo
- Patkau Architects / Ayers Saint Gross with Krueck +Sexton
- STUDIOS Architecture / The Freelon Group
The finalists will now develop two preliminary design ideas: one of a stand-alone library and one of a mixed-use building with additional floors. Both design ideas are intended to show each team’s vision and approach to renovating the central library. No decisions have been made on the type or extent of the renovations or additions to the library.
“The design ideas and presentations will show the library and the public the capabilities and vision of the finalists,” said Joi Mecks, interim chief librarian for the DC Public Library. “While the ideas presented may not necessarily be the final concepts used, the overall process will help us pick the best team for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library renovation.”
Concepts will be put on display at the library early February.
Reference: DC Public Library