Winter Park’s vision for this project truly embraces the continued evolution of the library in the 21st century. With a diverse program that recognizes it as a critical piece of cultural infrastructure, this will be a dynamic space for shared education, recreation and interaction. I am thrilled to be working with the city on a design that I hope can become a true beacon for its neighborhood, with resonance for the entire community. – David Adjaye, Founder & Principal
Adjaye Associates was established in June 2000 by founder and principal architect, Sir David Adjaye OBE. Receiving ever-increasing worldwide attention, the firm has offices in London, New York and Accra and completed work in Europe, North America, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. The firm’s largest project to date, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, opened this past fall on the National Mall in Washington D.C. Further projects range in scale from private houses, exhibitions, and temporary pavilions to major arts centers, civic buildings and masterplans. Renowned for an eclectic material and color palette and a capacity to offer a rich civic experience, the buildings differ in form and style, yet are unified by their ability to generate new typologies and to reference a wide cultural discourse.
Completed works include: the regenerative Morning Lane Arches retail corridor in Hackney, London (2016); Sugar Hill museum and housing development in Harlem, New York (2015); the Aishti Foundation arts and shopping complex in Beirut, Lebanon (2015); Alara Concept Store in Lagos, Nigeria (2014); Marian Goodman Gallery, London (2014); two neighborhood libraries in Washington DC (2012); the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO (2010), the Stephen Lawrence Centre in London (2007); the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver (2007); Rivington Place Gallery in London (2007); The Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo (2005); and the Idea Stores in Tower Hamlets, London (2004 and 2005) – two pioneering community libraries in London’s Tower Hamlets.
Some current projects include: One Berkeley Street, a £600 million mixed-use residential redevelopment in London’s prestigious Piccadilly area; the master plan for San Francisco Shipyard, one of the most substantial urban development schemes on the West Coast of the United States; a new home for The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; offices for the International Financial Corporation in Dakar, Senegal; and a substantial residential mixed-use scheme adjacent to London’s Traflagar Square.