Smithsonian Institution


Smithsonian Institution at Capital Gallery

Washington, DC

225,000 GSF, 20,903 M2

Interior Architecture

Silver Award -- Commercial 20,000-100,000 sf, Honors Award -- Interior Spaces

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Preparing for a renovation of its Arts & Industries Building, the Smithsonian Institution planned to relocate hundreds of employees. These professionals had worked in less-than-ideal conditions in the circa-1881 landmark, and SmithGroupJJR worked with the renowned museum and research organization to update the workplace for greater efficiency and comfort.

Taking a leap, the design team and client seized on this chance to transform work environments. A singular design concept was developed to reinforce connectivity between 18 different Smithsonian divisions sharing the new office areas. Yet each group has its own identity, with a dedicated entry area and a unique visual presence.

Each floor is efficiently organized to fit as many workstations as possible while maintaining key standards for team interaction, workplace comfort, acoustic separation, and ambient lighting. Per client needs, the layout reflects a mix of private offices, open workstations, meeting rooms and laboratory areas. Modern reception areas and glass-walled conference rooms impress visiting scholars and historians, yet each move was cost-effective and built for long-term durability.

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