Washington museum is a masterpiece in design collaboration

Washington museum is a masterpiece in design collaboration

As passersby walk the streets D.C., they will see a building that appears to be five levels above ground. However, nearly 60% of the museum is situated below grade to a depth of 65 feet, placing it well below the water table of the nearby Potomac River. This requires perimeter walls that are six and a half feet thick to hold back the soil and water pressure. It is in this hole that all of the main mechanical systems are housed that serves the museum. 

The building facade during construction.

WASHINGTON — The building is as important socially as it is architecturally. The official open

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