Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) has revealed its latest designs for a new home for the International Spy Museum in Washington
Plans for the museum’s new 30,480m² building on L’Enfant Plaza were submitted to the US Commission of Fine Arts for approval earlier this month.
According to the Stirling Prize-shortlisted practice, the six-storey trapezoid-shaped museum scheme is based upon ‘the themes of concealment and in plain sight’.
The $100 million museum’s new exhibition space sits within a ‘black box’ linked to a ground floor lobby and retail space.
The ‘exhibition box’ contains three levels of flexible space for exhibitions, a theatre, and a suite of teaching spaces, while another ‘events box’ is located in a double height glass space on the roof of the building.
The designs for the new building come after plans for the museum to move into Washington’s Carnegie Library drawn up by Philadelphia-based MGA Partners and the landscape architecture firm Olin, fell through last year, after the city’s Historic Preservation Review Board objected to the proposals.
The museum, which opened in 2002, is the only exhibition space in the US solely dedicated to espionage.