International Spy Museum

A feature folded structural glass 'veil' for the Spy Museum, a new cultural landmark in L’Enfant Plaza.

Location

Washington

 

Architect

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners |

Hickok Cole Architects

 

Client

Spy Museum

Due to complete in autumn 2018, the new International Spy Museum at L’Enfant Plaza in Washington DC features an iconic façade, which draws its inspiration from espionage and spycraft. Working with Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Eckersley O’Callaghan have designed a folded structural glass veil, suspended in front of the 'black box' exhibition space to add a deceptive visual layer.

 

To meet the stringent budget, we rationalised the original curved glass design into folded plate glass panels that stand 17 feet high. A lightweight stainless steel structure stitches together the geometric folds, resulting in a thinner build-up of glass and lower costs.

At 140,000 square feet, the new museum building will more than double the exhibition space for the world’s largest collection of espionage-related artefacts, with new resources for educational programming, a lecture theatre, and a multifunctional rooftop event space with sweeping views of the city, where we have engineered the glazed façade. We also designed the façade for the ground floor lobby, which comprises of an aluminium curtain wall bonded by four-sided structural silicone.

International Spy Museum

800 F St NW

Washington

DC 20004

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