What would Mies do?

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Thursday, October 11, 2012
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Rendering of proposal to add to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. (Courtesy Mies van der Rohe Society)

Rendering of proposal to add to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. (Courtesy Mies van der Rohe Society)

The Freelon Group showed off renderings for their renovation of Mies van der Rohe’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in downtown Washington, D.C. Presented to the library’s Board of Directors as part of a long-running discussion over what to do with the central library, the scheme includes a four-story atrium, two additional floors for new tenants, a landscaped public roof garden, and a new ground-level café. According to developer Jair Lynch, the project would cost $175 to $200 million.

3 Responses to “What would Mies do?”

  1. khulood says:

    Great renovation of Meis van der roh’s library.
    roof garden levels looking fantastic.
    the shape in general somehow reminds me on “Piano” shape. maybe becouse of the ground columns then the black frame glass facade then then levels on the roof!

  2. J says:

    @khulood

    um…what?

  3. Gilbert Gorski says:

    This addition makes no effort to acknowledge Mies’ original intentions, he must be turning in his grave.

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