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Renderings Reveal the Brand Spanking New MLK Library

Washington, D.C.'s central library, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, is a national landmark that has been neglected for far too long. With hopes to transform the space into "a center for learning, innovation, and engagement," the D.C. Public Library (DCPL) is moving forward with preliminary designs that give an in-depth look at what the library may look like after its $208 million renovation. $200 million is already set aside for the project, but the funds won't be released until 2019 and 2020, so don't expect construction to start any time soon. Below, you'll find the newly revealed renderings from the architecture team Martinez + Johnson and Mecanoo as well as previous designs that have since been scrapped.

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