Smithsonian Institution Arts and Industries Building
Our Feasibility Study for the Smithsonian’s 1881 Arts and Industries Building (AIB) examines the building’s revitalization for the purpose of re-opening it to the public as a modern-day exhibition hall focused on the future.
Existing conditions, visitor projections, program requirements, systems, security, sustainability, resilience, and historic fabric are assessed. A concept plan creates below-grade expansion for mechanical services and a loading entrance, allowing the entire main floor to be dedicated to public use. The main floor accommodates flexible exhibition spaces, a theater, and visitor amenities and programming. Upper levels accommodate collaborative workplace and incubator needs. A phasing plan developed with AIB and Smithsonian staff sets budgets and identifies fundraising opportunities.
Site | 2.4 Acres
Building | 183,000 GSF
Visitor Services, Exhibition, Events, Workplace