MLK Library Renovation Design Concepts

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Design concepts for the renovation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Washington, D.C.

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  • I agree with opening up the walls EXCEPT in the case of the children's area. A separate room for the children is a good idea because small kids can't wander off and similarly for safety's sake it's easier to track any unaccompanied adults that come into the children's area. Childrens' areas have story time, music, crafts, so tend to be loud so it's another reason to have walled off kids' area. Also think the kids area should be on ground floor - much easier for strollers and young walkers.
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MLK Library Renovation Design Concepts

  1. 1. martinez + johnson / martin luther king jr. memorial library washington, D.C. martinez + johnson / mecanoo concept design in progress, 05.19.2014
  2. 2. martinez + johnson / round table presentation held on 4.24.2014 the design team created 2 studies for the lower level, ground level and level 2 levels 3, 4 and 5 are the same in option 1 and option 2 lower level ground level level 2 level 3 level 4 level 5
  3. 3. martinez + johnson / area comparison current situation vs. proposed existingbuildingproposed
  4. 4. martinez + johnson / option 1 ground level option 2 ground level “Have more displays. Make the Great Hall eye-catching” “You should see lots of people engaged in library-related activities upon entering. “the exterior is boring. It doesn’t draw attention. Have activities going on under the overhang.” “Coffee shop on main level with free WiFi” community comments: ”Children’s room should be easily accessible and inviting. Right now, the space is hard to find. The story time space is completely hidden.”
  5. 5. martinez + johnson / proposed concept plan ground level lobby, library of birmingham, UKv children’s, library of birmingham, UK outdoor cafè, library of birmingham, UK
  6. 6. martinez + johnson / option 1 lower level option 2 lower level “Teen space, having an Innovation Space on same floor feels right; good place to Beta test anything/everything” “Make it free-flowing – lower floor could be – teens & innovation” “Have a space that would accommodate a whole class where they can talk. Teachers would be able to bring a whole class to the library to conduct research. Room should be close to stacks and have access to the online catalog.” community comments:
  7. 7. martinez + johnson / proposed concept plan lower level teen area, fontys school of sport studies, eindhoven,, NL innovation and prototyping, AMOLF, amsterdam, NL teen area, sterren college, haarlem,, NL
  8. 8. martinez + johnson / option 1 level 2 option 2 level 2 adults: “plenty of space for quiet study and reading” adults: “Merge people that bring their own technology and people that do not.” adults: “Provide more resources for career development and entrepreneurs and learning technology skills that are helpful in finding a job.” community comments:
  9. 9. martinez + johnson / proposed concept plan level 2 adult services, TU library, delft, NL adult services, library of birmingham, UK adult services, library of birmingham, UK
  10. 10. martinez + johnson / proposed concept plan level 3 adult services, TU library, delft, NL adult services, library of birmingham, UK adult services, library of birmingham, UK
  11. 11. martinez + johnson / proposed concept plan level 4 meeting event spaces, library of birmingham, UK“Special Collections feels like a back alley buried on the 3rd floor. It should be featured more prominently in the building.” “Better auditorium space for movie screening – and more comfortable seating in it”. community comments: supervised research area, library of birmingham, UK
  12. 12. martinez + johnson / proposed concept plan level 5/roof community comments: “Create a green space on the roof where customers can sit and read and eat or drink a cup of coffee.” staff garden, library of birmingham, UK public garden, library of birmingham, UK
  13. 13. martinez + johnson / list of “improvements“ 1. open up all three horizontal floors 2. bring in more natural light and natural ventilation 3. improvement of the environment (thermal insulation, new heating and cooling) 4. new restrooms with clear sight lines 5. new finishes (paints, flooring, ceiling and signage) 6. new layout and furniture 7. transparent vertical public cores 8. activate ground floor / great hall 9. improve existing lighting / new lighting and better acoustics 10. improvement of the public realm G place and the alley 11. Roof garden / public terrace 12. elegant / simple beam with solid ends as an option
  14. 14. martinez + johnson / open up all three horizontal floors imagine taking away the brick walls, this is a column free space!!!! staff zone public zone staff zone public zone existing public zone MLK Jr. Library existing floor plan (L2-L4) proposed floor plan (L2-L4)
  15. 15. martinez + johnson / more natural light and natural ventilation people - not the books - should have daylight people can enjoy their connection with the city / better orientation existing public zone MLK Jr. Library public seating along facade, library of birmingham, UK
  16. 16. martinez + johnson / new restrooms with clear sight lines no hidden corners reference image, restroom without hidden corners reference image, restroom with overview of space existing public restroom in MLK Jr. Library
  17. 17. martinez + johnson / new finishes no carpet, but hard floor is durable & hygienic existing floor (carpet) MLK Jr. Library new floor (hard materials are durable & hygienic)
  18. 18. martinez + johnson / new layout and furniture timeless quality and simplicity existing furniture, MLK Jr. Library - timeless quality and simplicity - consistency of design and materials - easy to clean - durable - movable
  19. 19. martinez + johnson / transparent vertical public cores study 1 -- stairs
  20. 20. martinez + johnson / transparent vertical public cores study 2 -- stairs
  21. 21. martinez + johnson / transparent vertical public cores study 3 -- ramps
  22. 22. martinez + johnson / Activate the great hall the market hall, welcoming, improved visibility inside and outside “Have more displays. Make the Great Hall eye-catching”
  23. 23. martinez + johnson / activate level 1 / great hall lectures, book signing, TED talks, recitals “You should see lots of people engaged in library-related activities upon entering. Perhaps the Great Hall should be a reading room. It’s too empty.”
  24. 24. martinez + johnson / improvement of the public realm, G place, and the alley view from G place, ….remove barrier walls, create areaway imagine…there is so much potential here! “the exterior is boring. It doesn’t draw attention. You need better signage outside and it would be great to have activities going on under the overhang.” existing G Placeexisting loggia on G Place
  25. 25. martinez + johnson / improvement of the public realm, G place, and the alley view from G place, ….remove barrier walls, create areaway imagine…there is so much potential here! artist impression of the proposed loggia on G place looking west
  26. 26. martinez + johnson / improvement of the public realm, G place, and the alley view from G place, ….remove barrier walls, create areaway imagine…there is so much potential here! artist impression of the proposed loggia on G place looking east
  27. 27. martinez + johnson / café, library of birmingham, uk improvement of the public realm, G place, and the alley the alley, proposed ground level plan existing alley on 9th street existing loggia on 9th street
  28. 28. martinez + johnson / improvement of the public realm, G place, and the alley the alley, proposed ground level plan artist impression of the proposed loggia on 9th street
  29. 29. martinez + johnson / elegant / simple beam with solid ends as an option not competing with the public building
  30. 30. martinez + johnson / -elegant / simple beam with solid ends as an option not competing with the public building

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