Archive for April, 2011

Shaw Library

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

The recently completed Shaw Library located at 7th and Rhode Island Avenue  NW was designed by architecture firm Davis Brody Bond Aedas. The building features several innovative technologies to improve sustainability performance. The south facade of the building is glass, but an outboard layer of perforated metal blocks direct sunlight to minimize solar gain in the summer months, while still allowing views to the outside. The north wall of the building is made from translucent insulated panels that have excellent thermal properties while also letting in diffuse light so that there is less load on the electrical systems for lighting, and furthermore less load on the air conditioning system to account for the heat from those lights. The sculptural design is exciting to me as well, with a soaring projected fin and many nicely articulated minimalist details.