The new International Spy Museum is the cover story for the August 2019 issue of the UK magazine, Premier Construction. The article highlights the key features of the new 130,000 sf facility which has increased the “permanent exhibition space by 30%” over the former museum facility and is “more than two times the size of its previous home”. Designed by the renowned London-based architectural firm, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and local firm, Hickok Cole Architects, the museum “has the largest collection of international espionage artefacts ever publically displayed”.
SK&A provided structural design services for the project, which integrates many structurally complex design elements, including an open atrium space that cantilevers west of the property line and hangs a dramatic glass veil structure. The atrium platforms, monumental stairs, and their supporting structural elements all consist of custom fabricated architecturally exposed structural steel elements.
SK&A Principal, Walid Chouieri was quoted in the article: “Our involvement with the project provides us with a great sense of fulfillment and pride to be able to play a significant role achieving the owner’s goals and architectural vision for the project. The project will be a frequented desitnation in the nation’s capital for years to come.”