Photography: Nigel Young

Foster + Partners has turned Washington DC’s 116-year-old Carnegie Library into Apple’s latest flagship store.

The architects spent two years renovating the building, working in partnership with Apple’s in-house design team on its adaptive reuse.

Inside, the library’s Beaux-Arts columns and mouldings remain in place, although now appear alongside tables of iPhones, iPads and MacBooks. Elsewhere, a section of marble panelling has been removed to make room for a glowing Apple logo.

Washington DC’s first public library is now an Apple store
Photography: Nigel Young

The tech giant will host events and workshops in the store’s double-height Forum space, beneath a vast new skylight installed by Foster + Partners. Guests can either sit on wooden boxes or watch from glass-fronted balconies.

The upper levels of the building remain home to the Historical Society of Washington DC, which has been headquartered there for 20 years.

Washington DC’s first public library is now an Apple store
Photography: Nigel Young
Washington DC’s first public library is now an Apple store
Photography: Nigel Young

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