The Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library.

Applause: Reading Room


The DC Public Library system is building and renovating libraries across the city. The most recent addition to the mix is the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, a sleek, glass-enclosed structure in DC’s Shaw neighborhood that juts out above visitors as they enter. With state-of-the-art services and a sustainable building program—including green roofing, energy-saving plumbing and lighting and recycled materials—the library encompasses three levels and 22,800 square feet, and occupies a triangular site near Howard University. In front of the entry, a 22-foot sculpture by local artist Craig Kraft greets all comers.

ARCHITECTURE: Peter D Cook, AIA; J. Max Bond Jr., FAIA; Christiane deJong, AIA, LEED AP; Nathan Hoyt, FAIA; Cody McNeal, LEED AP, Aedas Architects LLP, New York, New York. CONTRACTOR: Forrester Construction Company, Rockville, Maryland. PHOTOGRAPHY: PAUL RIVERA/ARCHPHOTO.

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