William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Neighborhood Library

Project Details

  • Type:
  • Community
  • Location:
  • Washington, DC
  • Client:
  • DC Public Library
  • Completed:
  • Summer 2012


Building a neighborhood involves all aspects of community life. On a small, steeply sloping site at the nexus of a residential and commercial neighborhood, Wiencek + Associates Architects + Planners worked with design architect Adjaye Associates to create a modern and dynamic 3-story community library. The concrete structure is enveloped by a timber curtain wall. The manipulation of views and natural day lighting defines the interior character of the spaces. Stairs meander up through the space flanked by translucent glazing panels to provide a sense of movement to the sociable spaces. Pavilions dedicated to activities for children, youths and adults adjoin the main building in much the same way as porches and additions articulate the scale of the adjoining homes. The forward-looking design creates multiple indoor and outdoor gathering spaces to foster community.

Imagery courtesy of Advanced Media Design, Inc.

Awards + Recognition

Noted: DC Mud Blog