Located in Washington, D.C, United States, the 22,000 square-foot Benning Neighborhood Library that has been opened by the District of Columbia Public Library is the first of five new libraries to open this year and one of two designed by Davis Brody Bond Adeas. The District of Columbia Public Library is a recognized force in the community for engaging the mind, expanding opportunities and elevating the quality of life.
The new $12 million library, targeted for LEED Silver Certification, houses community space on the first level with library functions above connected by a staircase. Nestled into the site to maintain the scale of the mostly residential buildings around it, the building incorporates many sustainable features including a vegetated roof, solar and daylight controls; and extensive use of renewable and recycled building materials.
Additional Libraries will also open this year in nearby Anacostia (April 26), Deanwood (summer), Georgetown (October) and Tenley (December). The district is also moving forward with two new libraries designed by London-based architect David Adjaye.