Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

This three year renovation and expansion project increases exhibition space by 60 percent in the museum’s landmark Carnegie Mansion and enhances the visitor experience through new, versatile exhibition spaces, simplified circulation routes, and a proper art handling path. The design relocates the National Design Library and other administrative functions from the mansion’s third floor into two adjacent townhouses and creates 6,000 square feet of new galleries in their place. Visitor circulation is greatly improved through a new day-lit stair that connects all four levels of exhibition space, while an enlarged and relocated freight elevator better accommodates large-scale installations. Careful detailing seamlessly integrates improved mechanical systems into the historic frame of the mansion. Gluckman Tang Architects served as design architect, working in conjunction with executive architect, Beyer Blinder Belle. In 2015, the mansion and Cooper Hewitt campus earned LEED Silver certification from the United States Green Building Council.

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