While Washington, D.C.’s planned Southwest Library isn’t expected to deliver until 2020, it’s still possible to get a sneak peek at what the final product will look like. First revealed by D.C. Public Library Executive Director Rich Reyes-Gavilan on Twitter, there is a new rendering available of the project that is much sleeker and realistic than the illustration previously revealed in January 2018.
Located at 900 Wesley Place SW, the LEED Gold-certified library will cost approximately $18 million and span nearly 21,000 square feet. Approximately 6,000 square feet designated for adult and teen services, roughly 4,500 square feet for children’s services, and around 3,500 square feet for meeting spaces. There will also be a 2,010-square-foot marketplace, green roof, solar panels, and seven parking spaces.
The architecture firm behind the project is Perkins+Will, the same architect behind the Anacostia Neighborhood Library, the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center reuse plan, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. They are also known for designing funky, modern office spaces and their innovative use of virtual reality.
• Southwest D.C.’s planned library reveals rendering [Curbed DC]
• D.C. Public Library names Perkins+Will architect of new Southwest Library [Curbed DC]