Anacostia Neighborhood Library

Washington, District of Columbia
United States

As a state-of-the-art addition to the District of Columbia Public Library system, Anacostia Neighborhood Library is a symbol of commitment to education, information, and growth. This two-story, vibrant civic space was designed to serve as an engaging community anchor and gathering place. The library features separate children’s, young adult, and adult areas, as well as a large collection of print and non-print resources, many points of access to public computers and wireless stations, and multiple-sized meeting rooms.

The orientation of the site led to lighting goals of actively managing daylight, thus creating a "healthier" building which consumes less energy and allows for a direct connection to the landscape and natural cycles of light. Daylight analyses were performed to guide the design team on the size and location of skylights, the screening of clerestories and windows, and the basis from which to design the daylight harvesting system. Extensive sun angle studies were done to illustrate where and when direct sun is incident onto the stacks. In turn an automation schedule was implemented for interior shades, thermal and visual comfort, and reduction of heat gain.

  • Architectural Lighting
  • Daylighting
  • Sustainable Design
  • Civic
  • 23,000 sq.ft. | 2137 sq.m.
    $14.7 M
  • The Freelon Group
    R. McGhee & Associates
  • Architectural Lighting Design Magazine, Special Citation Lighting Award
  • IES Lumen West, Award of Merit
  • Mark Herboth