DC Public Library Chooses One Storey Addition

The DC Public Library has chosen a conservative approach in adding on to their Mies designed library. Having reviewed three story and one story options designed by their architects, Dutch firm Mecanoo and local architects Martinez Johnson their decision was that the three story mixed use addition provided only marginal value.

They had presented the proposal to the city’s formidable Historic Preservation Review Board for information in advance of coming to this conclusion. Here at See-change.net we’re looking forward to hearing that their renovation will be exemplary fro a sustainability point of view.


Mies Van Der Rohe Gas Station

Among this year’s Governor General’s Award winners, this reinterpretation of a Montreal gas station by Mies Van Der Rohe is a standout, both for its elegance and for the approach that jury members said would have left the original architect surprised and pleased.

Mies Gas Station

Award recipients