hiroshi sugimoto's revitalization of the hirshhorn museum receives final CFA design approval

hiroshi sugimoto's revitalization of the hirshhorn museum receives final CFA design approval

a major milestone is bound to be established for the renowned, smithsonian hirshhorn museum in washington D.C. following an online meeting on march 10, 2021 where information on the proposed revitalization was unveiled, hiroshi sugimoto’s revitalization design of the sculpture garden is approved. the architect’s project elevates the visitor’s experience, blending original elements from 1974 together with contemporary additions. through defining changes from revising pedestrian paths to atmospheric water pool features, a cohesive and interconnected hirshhorn campus makes its stance.

hiroshi sugimoto's revitalization of the hirshhorn museum receives final CFA design approval
(above) hiroshi sugimoto’s render of the reviewed sculpture garden
(banner) southward view from the allée of the central gallery
all images courtesy of hirshhorn museum and sculpture garden

 

 

following unanimous approvals by the national capital planning commission (NCPC) and the commission of fine arts (CFA) for hiroshi sugimoto’s design proposal, the hirshhorn sculpture garden revitalization moved one step closer on july 15th when the CFA approved his final design. then, the project’s mission to unify the sculpture garden, plaza and museum will begin its new journey. as the space becomes enhanced, the design manages to increase the accommodation of the museum’s modernist bronzes by almost 50%. the organic proposal sensitively responds to art as site specific installations, various sized sculptures, as well as dynamic galleries can all be adapted and appreciated all through the year. moreover, as accessibility via infrastructure is also being improved, visitor comfort is achieved whether through clear visibility views, optimal acoustics, or seating in the shade.

hiroshi sugimoto's revitalization of the hirshhorn museum receives final CFA design approval
the architect’s design ensures a 50% increase in sculpture collections and exhibitions

 

 

maintaining the garden’s layered design history is one of the project’s main goals. in the central garden, sugimoto expands the water feature into a flexible performance space. bunshaft’s 1974 reflecting pool will remain filled year round, heated when necessary. an expanded water feature separated by a five-foot walkway is fitted with terraced steps surrounds an art platform, providing a flexible space for sculpture and performance art. visual connection is restored with various seating arrangements all around. meanwhile, the design revisits the existing inner partition wall transforming it into a lower, pylon-shaped stacked stone structure. inspired by japanese dry-stacking techniques, the modernist re-construction provides a distinctive optical and acoustic backdrop during performances. overall, the garden dynamic shifts to a harmonious entity of curatorial options, functions and views.

hiroshi sugimoto's revitalization of the hirshhorn museum receives final CFA design approval
a view towards the reflecting pool inspiring site-specific installations and programs

hiroshi sugimoto's revitalization of the hirshhorn museum receives final CFA design approval
one of hiroshi’s renders from the first meeting held in march 2019 where the first proposal was discussed

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the exhibition areas promise visitor engagement and amenities including individual contemplation and communal gatherings

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