These are the Francis Gregory Library (top three photos) and the William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library (bottom photo) designed by Adjaye Associates. Both are neighborhood libraries in the Washington DC area and have been completed while the architect continues to oversee construction of the Smithsonian National Museum of African America History and Culture located on the National Mall. The libraries are quite different from each another, but both are great examples of Adjaye’s work and contribute to the architectural diversity of the DC area. The diagonal checkerboard pattern that dominates the design of the Francis Gregory Library facade has a surprising effect on the interior, where the design is finished in wood.
Photos by Edmund Sumner