A light in the earth: Shafts and pools of light illuminate art of Africa, Asia, and the Near East in Washington's two new subterranean museums

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Summary

The article describes how architect Jean-Paul Carlhian caused natural light to penetrate the underground rooms of the Smithsonian Institution's two new museums, the National Museum of African Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery for Asian and Near Eastern Art. The article also discusses his unique design for the exteriors of the buildings and how construction challenges were handled to provide structural safety for the Smithsonian's surrounding buildings.

Author

Sweeney, Louise

Photographer

Freeman, Melanie Stetson

Subject

  • Carlhian, Jean-Paul
  • Renwick, James 1818-1895
  • Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001
  • Smithsonian Institution Quadrangle Complex
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)
  • National Museum of African Art (U.S.)
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)

Category

Smithsonian History Bibliography

Notes

Article includes two photographs and an illustration.

Contained within

The Christian Science Monitor (Newspaper)

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

September 10, 1987

Topic

  • Museum buildings
  • Design
  • Structural design
  • Architects
  • Architecture
  • Construction (Buildings)
  • Museum architecture
  • Architectural design

Place

Washington (D.C.)

Physical description

Number of pages: 2; Page numbers: 16-17

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