The project consists of a new library on the site of an existing library at the corner of Harvard and E. Republican St. The site is the border between commercial and multi-family zones of Capitol Hill. In collaboration with James Cutler, the library is designed to be environmentally sensitive. The building is wrapped by a “vertical garden” which extends inside the building as well as out. The library also extends the living environment found in the residential neighborhood to the west towards the commercial district to the east through its two story central reading room, lined and surrounded by plant material and books, which will be a refuge of calm and quiet for those visiting from the commercial area. The exterior expression of the building is urban, the library will have an urban edge as well as a living skin.
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