david adjaye: washington projects
david adjaye: washington projects
oct 05, 2009

david adjaye: washington projects

francis a. gregory library by adjaye associates

david adjaye is making his mark on washington, as well as his winning proposal for the national museum of african american history and culture he has designed two libraries for the city (replacements for the francis a. gregory library and the washington highlands library). adjaye recently gave a speech in the US capital, where he addressed some of the locals’ concerns over his designs.

david adjaye: washington projects francis a. gregory library by adjaye associates

the new structure for the francis a. gregory library will be ‘a shining box, with a lattice of diamond-shaped windows and reflective glass, and a large overhanging roof cut open to allow light to flood in.’ however some people in the city are concerned about ‘off-street parking and whether the basement will flood but the main point of contention is a ramp for wheelchair access to the second floor.’ meanwhile those opposed to the washington highlands library design think that it ‘does not reflect the community’.

david adjaye: washington projects washington highlands library by adjaye associates

david adjaye: washington projects national museum of african american history and culture by freelon adjaye bond/smith group

in the washington post article ‘designs that speak volumes‘ kevin clark tells how adjaye gently and methodically answered his critics, and profiles the challenges ahead regarding the building of his washington projects.

david adjaye: washington projects

‘I always battle my clients – some completely get it, some are all about security, security, security. but public buildings need to offer an opportunity to become like a park; they should offer places for people to see beautiful things, be inspired, just exist, engage or just do their own thing. public buildings are very much inside out. they are very, very porous to the landscape.‘ more

  • Ugly all

    mil says:
  • the first library is crap and the second one is worse than a joke, making even gehry seem like a master.

    larry s says:
  • dear David,
    I used to like your works, a lot…what happened to you?

    a.d.k.v says:
  • jesus, this is total post-modernism, just like from 1984.
    what happened, mr ajaye?
    you’re friends now with bob stern?
    appealing to the american taste?

    your work was so good, then.

    disappointed fan says:
  • his work is still GREAT!
    like it!

    Jose (Herman) says:
  • The second library looks horrible. If I were to come inside, I would rather expect to find a [url=http://www.blueworldpools.com/] swimming pool [/url] there, not the books.

    Leslie G. says:
  • what the *** happened ,what is this

    hala says:
  • I agree, whats with the 2nd library?

    he will get up on his feet…

    dh says:

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