The DC Public Library
has shortlisted 10 architecture firms for an overhaul of the 40-year-old Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. The firms are:
Cunningham Quill Architects/1100 Architects
Ennead Architects/Marshall Moya Architects
Leo A. Daly/Richard Bauer
Martinez and Johnson Architects/Mecano Architects
OMA/Quinn Evans Architects
Patkau Architects/Ayers Saint Gross
REX/Davis Carter Scott Architects
Shalom Baranes/Davis Brody Bond
Skidmore Owings & Merrill
Studios Architecture/The Freelon Group
By November 18, the teams will submit technical proposals explaining their approach to the library’s design. A panel of library, urban planning, architecture, and preservation specialists will review the firms’ senior personnel assigned to the project and their experience in designing libraries, as well as their ideas on managing the project and its budget.
Three firms will be selected in mid-December to move to the final round, where they will submit design concepts and present them to the review panel and public next spring. The winning team will assist the library staff and consultants in exploring options outlined in an assessment by the Urban Land Institute two years ago. Possibilities include renovating the building as a stand-alone library or adding additional floors to create a mixed-use space.
The DC Public Library also has launched an online platform
to seek public input on the project. Click here
for more information on renovation plans.