SOM and Selldorf Architects have been appointed to revitalize the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum
The Hirshhorn Museum and Smithsonian Sculpture Backyard has chosen Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Selldorf Architects to collectively develop the modernization plan for the inside and plaza of the Hirshhorn Museum. As the primary renovation in fifty years, the museum plans to modernize its galleries and public areas to go well with the up to date necessities of a public museum of recent artwork. Additionally it is a response to elevated participation over the previous 5 years. The federal contract was awarded by a aggressive course of by Smithsonian Services in session with the Hirshhorn. The conceptual design, which might be submitted in 2023, might be topic to a public session course of.
Making certain that the constructing is healthier in a position to accommodate the museum’s bold packages whereas serving a broader and extra various viewers is important. And we’d like to have the ability to do that whereas making the constructing extra sustainable. – Chris Cooper, FAIA, companion at SOM, and Annabelle Selldorf, FAIA, principal at Selldorf Architects, in a joint assertion.
A part of the Smithsonian, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Backyard is the US nationwide museum of recent and up to date artwork. Prominently situated on the Nationwide Mall in Washington, DC, the museum holds probably the most necessary collections of postwar American and European artwork on the earth. Along with modernizing and increasing exhibition areas, the renovation venture additionally goals to handle the museum’s growing old infrastructure, together with nice artwork storage areas, vertical transportation and stormwater administration.
SOM and RMC will redesign the customer expertise on the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt
Appointment of SOM | Selldorf marks the start of the ultimate chapter in successive Hirshhorn campus revitalization initiatives. The three-phase modernization started with the restore of the constructing’s facade. The venture, which replaces the museum’s roof and prefab panels to enhance thermal efficiency, is predicted to be accomplished by the tip of this 12 months. The renovation continued with the redesign of the Sculpture Backyard, led by artist-architect Hiroshi Sugimoto. This part will begin in spring 2023.
The Sculpture Backyard redesign will enhance the visibility of the Hirshhorn. It’ll additionally introduce three distinct showcases for contemporary sculpture, time-based artwork and efficiency artwork and large-scale commissions. Sugimoto’s plan additionally reopens the underpass designed by Bunshaft to reconnect the Nationwide Mall by the Sculpture Backyard to the Hirshhorn Museum and plaza.
Earlier this 12 months, Egypt-based Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) and Raafat Miller Consulting (RMC) have been chosen by OSL for leisure initiatives to reimagine the customer expertise at one of many Seven Wonders of the World, the historic pyramids and The Sphinx of Giza, Egypt. Selldorf Architects, an workplace with in depth expertise in museum renovations, not too long ago unveiled revised plans for the rework of the Sainsbury Wing, a part of the Nationwide Gallery in London, UK.