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Woodridge Neighborhood Library Washington, DC

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This new LEED Gold targeted library is conceived as an elegant treasure chest that orients library patrons towards the verdant Langdon Park behind the site. Through the use of material, precast concrete on the outside and a clean simple finish on the inside, the building strikes a balance between the high-traffic road on one side and the peaceful neighborhood park on the other.

A unique structure for the surrounding community, the library’s welcoming entrance opens into a central circulation area bathed in natural light with views towards the park. The library is designed with a great deal of flexibility to support a wide range of activities, ranging from intimate reading spaces through to grander spaces that could be used to accommodate larger community assemblies. The books are pushed out to the perimeter walls to create open and more enjoyable gathering spaces for the community, encouraging patrons to circulate, wander, and explore the different areas within the building, both inside and out.

Facts

  • Client:DC Public Library
  • Type:Institutional
  • Size:22,800 sq ft
  • Budget:$16.5 million
  • Status:Completed 2016

Woodridge Neighborhood Library

Washington, DC

This new LEED Gold targeted library is conceived as an elegant treasure chest that orients library patrons towards the verdant Langdon Park behind the site. Through the use of material, precast concrete on the outside and a clean simple finish on the inside, the building strikes a balance between the high-traffic road on one side and the peaceful neighborhood park on the other.

A unique structure for the surrounding community, the library’s welcoming entrance opens into a central circulation area bathed in natural light with views towards the park. The library is designed with a great deal of flexibility to support a wide range of activities, ranging from intimate reading spaces through to grander spaces that could be used to accommodate larger community assemblies. The books are pushed out to the perimeter walls to create open and more enjoyable gathering spaces for the community, encouraging patrons to circulate, wander, and explore the different areas within the building, both inside and out.

Facts

  • ClientDC Public Library
  • TypeInstitutional
  • Size22,800 sq ft
  • Budget$16.5 million
  • StatusCompleted 2016
Architect of Record: Wiencek + Associates
Design Architect: Bing Thom Architects

Photography © Ema Peter