Mies’ Martin Luther King Jr. Library to get makeover

The architects say the modernization aims to improve “Mies in a contemporary Miesian way.”

April 07, 2015 |
Mies’ Martin Luther King Jr. Library to get a Mecanoo makeover

"While not final, these renderings demonstrate the amazing possibilities as we work to transform this historic building into a center for learning, innovation and engagement for the District," the library said in a statement. Renderings courtesy Mecanoo and Martinez + Johnson Architecture

ArchDaily reports that Mecanoo and Martinez + Johnson Architecture have released plans to modernize the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington D.C., designed by Mies van der Rohe and completed in 1972.

The architects said their makeover design was to improve “Mies in a contemporary Miesian way.”

In a statement, the MLK library said: “While not final, these renderings demonstrate the amazing possibilities as we work to transform this historic building into a center for learning, innovation and engagement for the District.”

The structure is Mies’ only library and only work in D.C. According to a release from Mecanoo, the 37,000-sm landmark features “transparency and light [that] stand as metaphors for freedom and knowledge, the very principles of Dr. King’s life teachings.”

Mecanoo also adds that the modernization revolves around respect for the original architecture, “while updating the building to a modern library that reflects a focus on people, celebrating the exchange of knowledge, ideas, and culture.”

Find out more at ArchDaily.

 

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