A new fly thru video of the final designs for the modernisation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington DC shows a modern library that reflects a focus on people, while celebrating the exchange of knowledge, ideas and culture. Slated for reopening in 2020, the MLK Library will become the centre of activity for the already vibrant downtown area.
Mecanoo worked together with local partner Martinez+Johnson Architecture to create the designs that will add 9,300 of additional space for the public, including a roof top event space with landscaped terrace.
Visitors to the renovated flagship building will enjoy a new, inspiring, and transparent entryway; sculptured monumental stairs; large auditorium and conference centre; fabrication labs to create music and art; ground level café with patio; large, interactive children’s space; expanded special collections space for researchers and local history enthusiasts; and an impressive double-height reading room.
To undergo the $208 million transformation, DC’s central library will close on March 4, 2017. Construction will begin in the summer and is expected to take three years. Temporary library services will be set up at various locations throughout the city.
More information at DC Library.