“Smithsonian unveils a 20-year plan for redesigning its south campus”


Thanks to all who sent emails. From Smithsonian:

“After nearly a year-and-a-half of planning, BIG has revealed its plans for the campus redesign, which includes renovations to the Smithsonian Castle, new entrances for the National Museum of African Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and improved access to the Freer Gallery of Art and to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.”

Lots more info and renderings here.

17 Comment

  • they should address the smog of the future too.

  • Awful, absurd, barren and ridiculous. And ugly. And ridiculous. Also – a phenomenal waste of money. There is a beautiful garden there now – why destroy that? Is any tourist ever going to say – “Well let’s skip that trip to Washington and not visit the Smithsonian because it just doesn’t have that 1970’s Danish Airport vibe we’re coming to see?”

    Whoever thought this up should be fired. Whoever designed this should be drawn and quartered, then fired. I am sick that any of my Smithsonian membership money went into this.

  • Committee of 100 will kill this. Unless there are horse drawn carriages, cobblestone streets and cholera they won’t like it.

  • Existing Beautiful Garden, keep it, enjoy it, and drop grandiose plan.

  • There will be a lot of screaming from the usual sources, but there is a lot of good in this plan. Good starting point. Will it change, definitely. Will it get built, um, maybe parts of it. Its a shame we’re a nation that can’t even do small projects anymore. Oh and I think I mentioned it before but B.I.G. (Bjark Engels Group) website is http://www.big.dk (giggle giggle).

  • After reviewing the plans….it’s not so bad.


  • clevelanddave

    My reaction is: it is intriguing and interesting… but it is a lovely space now. There are so many other places- places nearby, on or near the Mall where any kind of improvement or innovative design could be done. What is there in that location now is great and appropriate- pick another nearby location. And unless you have someone paying for it, don’t come to papa saying you don’t have any money, Smithsonian. Is this really a priority?

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