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International Spy Museum / Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

  • 17:00 - 24 May, 2019
  • Curated by Paula Pintos
International Spy Museum / Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
International Spy Museum / Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, © Nic Lehoux
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    • Architect of Record

      Hickok Cole
    • Client

      The Malrite Company
    • Developer

      JGB Smith
    • Structural Engineer of Record

      SK+A Engineers
    • MEP Engineer of Record

      Vanderweil
    • Landscape Consultant

      Michael Vergason Landscape Architects
    • Specialist Façade Consultant

      Eckersley O’Callaghan
    • Lighting Consultant

      Available Light
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    © Nic Lehoux
    © Nic Lehoux

    Text description provided by the architects. The building reaches the city’s height limit of 130 ft from grade in just seven stories. Its most prominent features are the angled facades of the exhibit floors on the south and west sides of the site, encased in a black box. Propped up on columns over an aligned, existing structure, the black box comprises the bulk of building including its exhibition spaces. This is a floating structure which creates public and private spaces for a combination of different uses.

    © Nic Lehoux
    © Nic Lehoux
    Ground floor plan
    Ground floor plan
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    © Nic Lehoux

    The lobby and retail facilities are located within the double-height ground level space, with a mezzanine that holds an educational space for student and teacher workshops. Above the ground-level lobby are the museum’s three main exhibition areas featuring floor heights of up to 20 ft. These include the ‘Special Exhibitions’ floor, the theatre, permanent exhibition and task-finding, as well as the future ‘Operation Spy’ space.

    © Nic Lehoux
    © Nic Lehoux
    Diagram 03
    Diagram 03
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    © Nic Lehoux

    A metal staircase connecting these floors is suspended along the outside of the metal-panelled west facade and enclosed in a suspended glass atrium called the ‘Veil.’ Office spaces can be found above the exhibition floors and floating above these is the events space which is encased in a white box and crowned with a large, rooftop terrace. The steel structure found within the events box gives the museum 60-ft spans with floor-to-ceiling windows arranged in a 180- degree span around the building. These provide a platform for observing the Washington Monument and the Capitol, the National Cathedral and the Basilica, the District Wharf and National Harbour.

    © Nic Lehoux
    © Nic Lehoux

    With its large and slender, structural-steel beams extending upward from the site on L’Enfant Plaza in a predominantly concrete area of Washington, D.C., this type of architecturally expressed structural steel is unlike any other in the district. The glass veil on the west facade protrudes from the building like a shining jewel, enticing people up toward it from 10th Street.

    © Nic Lehoux
    © Nic Lehoux

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    Cite: "International Spy Museum / Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners" 24 May 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/917246/international-spy-museum-rogers-stirk-harbour-plus-partners/> ISSN 0719-8884
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