Museum of the Bible

Museum of the Bible
Smithgroup JJR
United States
Washington D.C.
Images: Roschmann Steel & Glass Constructions Inc; Renderings: Smithgroup JJR / Clark Construction / The Museum of the Bible

The Museum of the Bible designed by SmithGroupJJR is located in Washington D.C., USA. Atop of an existing building, a scroll of glazing engineered by Knippers Helbig clads a two-story addition, offering panoramic views of the U.S. Capitol and National Mall.
The transparent building enclosure consists of different façade types. The main galley façade is a double-layered system comprising single-curved rectangular (AESS) profiles arranged in a regular grid of 8m. These ´ribs´ are braced in lateral direction by circular hollow sections (AESS) organized in a vertical distance of 1.25m. The CHS-profiles are supporting an aluminium cladding system (Raico Therm+). The insulated glass units with sizes of 4x1.25m are fixed to the aluminium profiles on all four edges using a toggle system.
A channel glass system consisting of vertically oriented standard dimension U-shaped Profilit profiles with a width of 262mm each is covering the remaining part of the two-storey addition. The channel glass profiles are connected to the building at the top and bottom only, where structurally required additional wind anchors are foreseen to reduce the span lengths.