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CHV invites you to tour Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s MLK Memorial Library recently renovated to extraordinary effect. This building is Washington D.C.’s only Rohe building and one of the last by the modernist master, completed posthumously in 1972, restored and reopened in 2020.
MLK’s Future: https://www.dclibrary.org/mlkfuture
Host: Librarian Martha Saccocio
Meet: Inside the library, gather behind reception at available benches.
Note: Weather permitting, those interested in walking 1.5 miles to MLK Library from Stanton Park, please meet at Stanton Park at 1:00pm.
Expect to see the surprising bustle of street activity which carries through to a lower-level creative zone with dance and recording studios as well as a fabrication lab replete with sewing, 3D printing, and other maker-space equipment. Children and teen libraries occupy the second level, with a stairwell-adjacent slide between the floors, visible from the street, further animating the interior. On the third level, a new double-height reading room, made by removing one bay of the floor-plate above, offers a grand area for focused study. The fourth level houses the Library’s special collections and archival materials related to Washington at the building’s east and west ends, with the center occupied by a double-height auditorium; ascending to the top row of seating at its rear, visitors can exit to the roof-level garden and take in the city views.
Article in Architect Magazine by Sara Johnson