United States Institute of Peace Headquarters

  • United States Institute of Peace Headquarters
    Washington, DC
  • Located at the corner of 23rd Street and Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C., the United States Institute of Peace Headquarters occupies the northwest corner of the National Mall, insight of the Lincoln Memorial. As the organization’s first permanent home, the institute’s headquarters is specifically designed to support the critical mission of international conflict management. The program encompasses administrative offices, research facilities including a library and an archive, a conference and negotiation center, and an interactive educational center dedicated to the theme of peacemaking. The architectural concept developed from an extensive exploration of both free-flowing shapes and more mathematical geometries, which resulted in a highly rational series of spherical and toroidal segments. The building is organized around two atria fanning out from a corner entrance—with one atrium facing the Potomac River and the other facing the National Mall and the Lincoln Memorial.
    The first atrium serves as the centerpiece for the spaces devoted to scholarly research while the second focuses on public activity and conferences. The image of the building characterizes the institute’s purpose and symbolically represents peace on the capital’s skyline. The atria are roofed by undulating spherical and toroidal winglike elements that are constructed of a steel frame and white glass with an interior translucent white membrane. The glass roofs appear opaque and white on the exterior during the day and glow with white light from within at night—visible among the monuments of the National Mall as well as from the city’s western entry across the bridges from Virginia.
  • Concept Sketches by Moshe Safdie
  • View of the National Mall_Image by Timothy Hursley
  • View across water_Image by Timothy Hursley
  • View from south-west at night_Image by Timothy Hursley
  • Atrium Interior_Image by Timothy Hursley
  • North Atrium_Image by Timothy Hursley
  • Roof Development Sketch by Moshe Safdie
  • Interior View_Image by Timothy Hursley
  • Night Exterior View_Image by Timothy Hursley
  • View from the entry plaza_Image by Timothy Hursley
  • View from the south-west_Image by Timothy Hursley
  • Atrium interior looking towards Lincoln Memorial_Image by Timothy Hursley
  • View of South Facade_Image by Timothy Hursley
  • Aerial View_Image by FitzPatrick