Branching Out

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.

A bioretention pond on the western side of the library helps manage stormwater runoff.

Children’s reading area

Inside, a highly efficient HVAC system conditions the space from underneath a raised floor system, and CO2 sensors help regular air circulation.

In addition to the main reading area the library features spaces dedicated to specific ages, such as the children’s reading area.

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