- Project Name
- Museum of the Bible
- Project Types
- 430,000 sq. feet
- Year Completed
- Shared by
David Greenbaum, FAIA, Lead Designer
Sarah Ghorbanian, Exhibit Design Coordination and Project Management
Marcus Wilkes, AIA, Exterior Architecture
Bill Jones, AIA, Interior Architecture
Don Posson, Lead Engineer
General Contractor: Clark Construction Group, LLC,Structural Engineer: Tadjer Cohen Edelson,Other: EHT Traceries,Landscape Architect: Michael Vergason Landscape Architects
- Project Status
FROM THE ARCHITECTS:
SmithGroupJJR is the lead architect and engineer of its latest landmark building – the Museum of the Bible, in Washington, D.C. The SmithGroupJJR team oversaw the renovation of the historic 1922 building including its exterior design, engineering, interior architecture, and lighting design.
Dedicated to one of the world’s oldest texts, the 8-level, 430,000-square-foot new museum in Southwest Washington, D.C. is resolutely modern, incorporating striking architectural forms and cutting-edge technologies. The finished project is a built equivalent of a manuscript that bears traces of several versions of text added and erased over time.
The building avoids the easy, literal symbolism that is often associated with biblical representation, in favor of rich but subtle allusions. The result is a work of architecture that is simultaneously timeless and of-the-moment, both universal and place-specific. And it reflects a concerted effort to allow for, and even encourage, a multiplicity of views, interpretations, and experiences.
When the Museum of the Bible opens on November 17, 2017, its strategic location at the cultural axis along 4th Street will connect the National Mall and major cultural landmarks to Southwest Washington, further invigorating the urban revival of a fascinating, historic and rapidly transforming part of the city.