Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

 1972 - 1972

The Story

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library evokes the solemnity of public institutions. This is the only library and the only building in Washington D.C. designed by Mies. Inside, stacks of books echo the rows of fluorescent lights. Outside, the sheer mass of the structure is felt as it stretches down the city block. The project was completed several years after Mies' death by his architecture firm.