The DC Public Library has shortlisted Mecanoo/Martinez + Johnson Architecture, Patkau Architects/Ayers Saint Gross with Krueck +Sexton and STUDIOS Architecture/The Freelon Group for the renovation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. The finalists will develop preliminary design ideas for a stand-alone library and a mixed-use building with additional floors. Library officials have not yet determined the scope of renovations or expansion on the project.
“The design ideas and presentations will show the library and the public the capabilities and vision of the finalists,” Joi Mecks, interim chief librarian for the DC Public Library, said in a statement. “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.”
The design concepts will go on display in early February at the MLK library, neighborhood libraries, and on the library’s website. On February 15, the architecture teams will present and explain their approach at a public meeting. The public also can submit feedback via the MLK Jr. Library Idea Community, an online survey, and focus groups.
A technical evaluation committee comprising library, urban planning, architecture, and preservation experts will be assisted by an advisory panel of community representatives, preservation experts, members of the construction industry, and DC agency heads in reviewing the submissions.