“ . . . from this entry, it is clear that they wanted to look at design holistically . . . 20-year building plan is visionary and important . . . I hope I live long enough to experience the results . . . incredibly ambitious, bold . . . building underground but still has natural light . . . ‘unparalleled experience’ for visitors . . . noteworthy . . . ”
Many visitors do not recognize the Smithsonian Institution’s collection of museums as a unified institution. The Smithsonian also requires additional facilities to accommodate pan-institutional public programs, research initiatives and shared collections space. The South Mall Campus Master Plan better connects the Smithsonian’s facilities, improves orientation and amenities, sustainably addresses significant infrastructure needs, and expands the capacity to welcome visitors and engage them in a wide range of education and museum programs supported by a mix of restored historic spaces and modern spaces and technologies.
BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group; Surfacedesign Inc.; Robert Silman Associates; GHT Limited; EHT Traceries; Stantec; Atelier Ten; VJ Associates; Wiles Mensch; The Protection Engineering Group, Inc./PE Group; FDS Design Studio; Kleinfelder; Weidlinger Associates; Haley & Aldrich