“Dolcezza Coffee and Gelato at Hirshhorn in the lobby of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Artist: Hiroshi Sugimoto; Architect: NMRL/Tomoyuki Sakakida. Photo: Farrah Skeiky.”
From a press release:
“WHAT: Now the first local business to be part of a Smithsonian institution, Dolcezza Gelato & Coffee is officially a permanent fixture in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. The Hirshhorn‘s lobby has been re-designed by renowned artist, photographer, and designer Hiroshi Sugimoto– the first change to the historic building since 1974.
To celebrate its grand opening, Dolcezza will be offering visitors free small coffee on Friday, February 23rd from 8:00 a.m. to noon.
The 20-foot coffee bar uses new ModBar systems to serve espresso beverages, pour-overs, pastries from Bluebird Bakery, and more. The bar, menu font, and even the condiment station were all designed by Sugimoto. The facade of the bar is covered with a fireproof steel tile pattern not used in Japan since the 1930s. Across from the bar, two tables made from the roots of 700-year-old nutmeg trees with helix-inspired chairs and long benches will accomodate guests, transforming the space into more of a lounge and less of a lobby.
WHERE: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden 7th St SE & Independence Ave SW
Friday, February 23rd, 8:00 a.m. to noon
Offer includes one small drip coffee per customer. Wi-Fi is available in the cafe area of the lobby.”