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I spy Richard Rogers in Washington

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For many years public perceptions of spy architecture have been dominated by the work of GCHQ ‘doughnut’ designer Gensler and Terry Farrell – the architect of James Bond’s towering MI6 HQ.

But Richard Rogers’ practice Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) could soon be breaking into this niche market.

The International Spy Museum in Washington DC has announced plans to relocate to a 9,300m² RSHP-designed development within the US capital’s most notorious 1960s concrete jungle.

If approved by the US Commission of Fine Arts, the new six-storey building at L’Enfant Plaza will expand the museum’s galleries and events facilities and allow new temporary exhibitions.

It will occupy an existing open area – next to the L’Enfant Plaza hotel – which formerly hosted a water feature designed by the Brutalist office district’s masterplanner, IM Pei.


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