Wide expanses of glass provide extensive views out to the surrounding neighborhood at the new Anacostia Branch Library.
Recycled materials were used where possible and the building’s steel, masonry, glass, and concrete (seen from the north entry) contain recycled content.
In reference to the canopies of the oak trees on the western side of the site, a vibrant green, scrimlike metal roof arches over the building’s pavilions. It also helps filter daylight, provide shade, and reduce indoor glare.
Inside, a highly efficient HVAC system conditions the space from underneath a raised floor system, and CO2 sensors help regular air circulation.