EXCERPT: It’s been three years since the Smithsonian Institution announced the proposed $2 billion redesign of their south campus, which is where the Smithsonian Castle is located. While still uncertain of how they will afford the project, the Smithsonian Institution expects to begin an environmental impact study this fall with a draft master plan finalized by next spring.
Smithsonian Associate Director for Planning Ann Trowbridge said that she anticipates the project to start by 2022 with funding expected to come from both federal appropriations and private funding.
Renderings via Bjarke Ingels Group/The Smithsonian
On what to expect from the redevelopment of the 17-acre south campus, architect Bjarke Ingels designed the project with new entrances, skylights, visitor amenities, and the boldest visual move, being the edges of the Enid A. Haupt Garden swept up into the air by almost 30 feet.
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