Apple has previewed its newest location at the Carnegie Library in Washington D.C.
This is Apple’s most extensive historic restoration project to date, restoring and revitalising the Beaux-Arts style building once home to the city’s Central Public Library.
Originally funded by Andrew Carnegie and opened in 1903, the library will once again be a centre for learning, discovery and creativity for the community, keeping with Carnegie’s vision of a public and free space for all.
Apple Carnegie Library will host free daily Today at Apple programming, including sessions led by local artists and world class creators.
To celebrate the opening, 40 artists will lead sessions during the six-week StoryMaker Festival.
“Whether customers come to explore new products, visit one of our Geniuses or unlock their creativity in a Today at Apple session, Apple Carnegie Library is a place for everyone.” said Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail + People.
“We are excited to share this magnificent space with all of our visitors in Washington, D.C., and to provide a home for inspiration for the next generation.”
To restore the building to its original grandeur, Apple worked with conservation experts to carefully preserve the historic facades, return interior spaces to their original footprints, and restore distinctive early 20th-century detailing.
Foster + Partners worked in close collaboration with Apple’s Chief Design Officer Jony Ive to give this cultural icon a new lease of life.
“I love the synergy between old and new, the juxtaposition of the historic fabric and contemporary design,” said Ive.
“In its ‘new’ phase of life, Apple Carnegie Library will be a way for us to share our ideas and excitement about the products we create, while giving people a sense of community and encouraging and nurturing creativity.
“It has been a significant honour to restore the Carnegie Library for the people of Washington, D.C.”