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WASHINGTON DC, PUBLIC LIBRARY

2008-2012

WASHINGTON, DC / 22,000 SF 

Updating Carnegie libraries for living and learning in the 21st centurywas part of Washington DC’s visionary expansion plan for its public libraries promoting community pride and participation. As part of the work to the Southeast branch, neighborhood residents and social media were engaged to produce decorative finishes. The 1925 Mount Pleasant branch (in collaboration with local firm, CORE) conceived a sensitive restoration and respectful expansion. A central atrium connects old and new buildings, greeting and orienting visitors. Work included the restoration of existing murals by artist Aurelius Battaglia, who went on to illustrate Disney movie classics, Dumbo and Pinocchio. His colors and patterns inform the new interior design, inspiring ongoing generations.