June 03, 2024

Folger Shakespeare Library on Cover of Architectural Record

We're thrilled to share Architectural Record's June 2024 cover story featuring the newly renovated Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC.  
Reopening to the public on June 21, the Folger houses the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works. Over the past ten years, KieranTimberlake has partnered with Folger to provide strategic planning services, culminating in an expanded site and reimagined visitor experience.

To complement the 1932 landmarked building by Paul Cret, KieranTimberlake went below, literally digging beneath the structure to create a more equitable and welcoming experience for all.  
“This is a building of great rooms,” said Partner Stephen Kieran. “We modernized the three historic rooms, but in a silent way. And we created the gardens as outdoor rooms.”  
The 6,000 square foot addition includes a lobby, exhibition halls, learning lab, gift shop, and offices, while vastly improving accessibility and circulation.  
“This project offers an alternative—without any changes to Cret's original elevations—and a way forward for institutions seeking to grow but contending with limitations,” they write.  
The cover story is available in print and online.