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Dutch architecture studio Mecan00 collaborated with the American firm Martinez & Johnson to revitalize the ‘Martin Luther king jr. memorial library’ in Washington, DC. The original building was designed in 1972 by Mies Van Der Rohe. The two firms, in an attempt to embrace the city’s contemporary culture and changing needs, have suggested a highly transparent facade.

We will pay respect to Mies Van Der Rohe and we are researching means in order to turn this building into the library of the future. What’s most important is bringing out the values of Martin Luther King. My dream is to make this building reflect his ideals.’ says Mecanoo’s Francine Houben.