five design proposals unveiled for the smithsonian's 'bezos learning center'

five design proposals unveiled for the smithsonian's 'bezos learning center'

architects left anonymous for public feedback

 

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. is preparing for a transformation in the form of the Bezos Learning Center. The team has recently revealed five design proposals from anonymous architecture firms, seeking public review and feedback before selecting a winning entry. Comments are welcome until September 19th.

 

The $130 million Bezos Learning Center will be funded by a $200 million gift from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. First announced in 2021, it marks the largest donation to the Smithsonian since the Institution’s founding gift from James Smithson in 1846. The project will stand as part of a larger renovation project which began in 2018 to revive the Air and Space Museum on the whole.

 

The educational center will take the place of Gyo Obata’s recently demolished Wright Place, a stepping, pyramidal restaurant built in 1988 (see designboom’s previous coverage here). Expected to complete in 2024, the center will host restaurants, exhibition spaces, a rooftop terrace, and a public observatory. 

 

 

bezos learning center: firm A

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a public commons open to all, with a sustainable structure to ‘imbue a sense of wonder, curiosity, and ‘discovery
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‘an inclusive, accessible and interactive learning forum’
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site plan, restaurant and Astronomy Park
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bezos learning center: firm b

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view of entry from the National Mall
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view of Astronomy Park and teaching steps
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aerial view looking west | image via National Air and Space Museum

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massing diagram | image via National Air and Space Museum

 

 

bezos learning center: firm c

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the form responds to the curves and domes in many of the district’s monumental structures and museums
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its glass pavilion extends the pattern of solid and glass volumes that march down the NASM’s existing façade
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surrounded by classrooms, a double-height Maker Space will offer a range of tools and equipment for fabricating and refining prototypes of all kinds

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section | image via National Air and Space Museum

 

 

bezos learning center: firm d

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the inspiration for this Bezos Learning Center is a spiral galaxy, reflecting two-thirds of the known galaxies

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five design proposals unveiled for the smithsonian's 'bezos learning center'
view of the Learning Courtyard | image via National Air and Space Museum

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the architecture metaphorically places the individual student, educator, and visitor at the core of the galaxy

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five design proposals unveiled for the smithsonian's 'bezos learning center'
site plan | image via National Air and Space Museum

 

 

bezos learning center: firm e

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the outer facades are bisected by a dynamic, fritted-glass portal
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the Celestial Promenade in luminous fritted glass to resemble ‘clouds of cosmic dust in the nebula’
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this interstitial volume is ‘sculpted as if concentrated energy’ were drawing visitors inward
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the structure is white during the day, and a glowing beacon at night | image via National Air and Space Museum

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massing diagram | image via National Air and Space Museum

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