the glass pyramid pavilion in DC will be demolished for the Bezos training center

the new future of the National Air and Space Museum

The Smithsonian Institution in Washington has announced plans to demolish its Wright Play restaurant at the National Museum of Air and Space to put it in the Bezos Learning Center. The pyramid restaurant was built in 1988 as an appendix to the Marble and Glass Museum, built in 1976, and the entire complex was designed by the late architect Gio Obata and his company Helmut Obata + Kassabaum (HOK).

The Japanese-American architect designed the museum to house large objects – planes and spaceships – and transport 50,000 daily visitors. Nearly 50 years later, the museum sees an average of 267,000 visitors every day. This new training center will be built as part of a larger renovation project that will begin in 2018 and will revitalize the Air and Space Museum as a whole.

The demolition of the Wright Place pyramid restaurant will begin in the spring of 2022 to prepare for the construction of the Bezos Training Center, which is expected to be completed in 2024 and its target date is 2026.

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The Smithsonian Institution (see here for more information) announced a plan to demolish Wright’s site, designed by Gio Obata, last month to the National Capital Planning Commission (see here) along with a plan to build a Bezos Learning Center in its place. did.

Carly Bond, a Smithsonian historian, explains that “after careful evaluation, it was determined that the addition of the restaurant did not contribute to the historical significance of the Air and Space Museum and therefore could not achieve significant status.

While the National Aeronautics and Space Museum is currently closed for renovations, Wright Place has been closed since 2017. The construction of a 50,000-square-meter, three-story training center on its site will soon be possible with a $ 200 million gift. from billionaire Jeff Bezos, who was announced in July 2021.

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$ 130 million of Bezos’s $ 200 million gift will be spent on the new Learning Center, and the remaining $ 70 million will be spent on a major renovation of the museum, a project worth more than $ 360 million. The architect has not yet been selected, but 2023 will be mainly devoted to the design phase of the project.

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image through the National Capital Planning Commission the glass pyramid pavilion will be demolished by Gio Obata for the Bezos training center in DC
Smithsonian’s National Museum of Air and Space | Illustrated by the Smithsonian Institution

the glass pyramid pavilion will be demolished by Gio Obata for the Bezos training center in DC
Wright Place, under construction, 1988 | illustrated by Mark Avino, courtesy of the Smithsonian Institute

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