It has been over a year and a half since DC Public Library (DCPL) selected a team to renovate the system's 43-year-old central library. DCPL has been steadilyreleasingimages of the redesign by Dutch firm Mecanoo and D.C.'s own Martinez+Johnson Architecture, and the questions about the unillustrated spaces are gradually being answered. On Wednesday, DCPL released another batch of renderings of the renovated black steel and glass Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, which was originally designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and opened in 1972. These latest renderings show revisions of spaces we've already seen: the main entrance vestibule, the first-floor performance space, the café, the staircases, the children's room, the fabrication lab, and the auditorium. But there are also renderings of spaces not yet illustrated: a below-grade creative audio visual space, a remaking of the Digital Commons, a teen area, the Center for Accessibility, space for community alliances, a double-height Grand Reading Room, and special collections.
Sara Johnson is the associate editor, design news at ARCHITECT. Previously, she was a fellow at CityLab. Her work has also appeared in San Francisco, San Francisco Brides, California Brides, Patchwork Nation, and The Christian Science Monitor. Follow her on Twitter at @SaraA_Johnson.