Smith Group, established in 1885 by Sheldon Smith along with Luckett and Farley, reflects their emergence from various regional practices involving architecture and planning and structure as an internationally reputed award-winning firm around the globe. Smith group has won many accolades that including American Planning Association (APA), American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design Awards, American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Rethinking the Future Awards, and many more. Smith Group owns a renowned name when it comes to embracing opportunities that encourage respite and recreation and sustainable visions for a better future.  

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One of Henry Ford’s first manufacturing plants designed by our firm _©Smithgroup

Smith’s group works on six values; Sustainability, Community, Equity, Integrity, Passion, and Curiosity. Their designs navigate through these core values, and their commitment is closely tied to learning to establish solutions for the transpiring challenges around the world.

Museum of the Bible

The Museum of the Bible is an elite museum that stands as a major cultural landmark in southwest Washington. The eight-story museum is resolutely contemporary and is positioned now in the 1912 adapted refrigerated warehouse. The museum stands equivalent to the manuscripts as it is associated with biblical representations bearing texts and subtle citations rather than easy and direct symbolism on structures.

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Museum of Bible _©Arch daily_ Grand entrance with manuscripts

The finished project, given the span of flexible contemporary functions and array of spaces, the museum includes exhibition spaces, a six-story atrium, a theatre, a restaurant, a ballroom, and a two-story glass roof, evolved along with a vertical hub-and-spoke circulation system, where the core acts as a revival zone for the visitors to reconnect with the fascinating interpretations.

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Museum of Bible _©Arch daily_ Exhibition halls showing the modern interpretations of manuscripts
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Museum of Bible _©Arch daily_ Exhibition halls as literal symbolism of bible transcripts

The work of architecture in the museum is timeless at the moment, with architectural interpretations and experiences representing contemporary museums, although designed more flexible than traditional museums. 

  • City: Washington DC
  • Year: 2017
  • Area: 430000 Sft
  • Client: Museum of Bible

The Botanika Nature Residences

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Aerial view of Botanika Nature complex _©Smithgroup

The Botanika nature Residences project, located in Alabang, south of Manila, focuses on sustainable principles that were being enforced in the early 2Image th century, reinterpretation and reorganization of the urban form “Towers in the park ” by Le Corbusier (1970.

The design is dissociated into three curvilinear buildings that fuse into a lavish garden habitat. The precise geometry of curves emerging and intersecting at the core, creating an indoor atrium, formulate a theme where the 370 luxury residential units acquire dramatic views and natural light from the atrium and garden beneath, whereas privacy remains a primary advantage.

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Balance of nature and Built environment in the complex _©Smithgroup
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Nature as boundary between interior and exterior of the residential units. _©Smithgroup

The complex is resolutely inspired by the flora of tropical Asia. Each building is designed concerning the tropical aspects where it fulfils its name of being “truly green”. The project is BERDE certified Philippines Green Building Council.

  • City: Filinvest Corporate City, Philippines
  • Year: Proposal
  • Area: 1.55 HA
  • Client: Filinvest Development

Zhengzhou Kaixia Technology Ecological Park

The Technology ecological park is a high-performing mixed-commercial community that would be the leading industry incubator of sensor technology. Zhengzhou, one of China’s National central cities, is known for its science and technology centre. The plan works on renewing opportunities on the decommissioned coal–fire generating station into science and technology research, advanced manufacturing, facilities for start-ups, housing in townhomes and residential towers, retail, commercial complex, and healthcare. 

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Aerial view of Zhengzhou Technology ecological park _©Smithgroup

The complex incorporates architectural aspects in two degrees. 

Firstly, the form is a series of stacked parallelograms at different proportions where it reorients itself to the geometrical composition of the entire district, emerging as symmetrical and rhythmic, creating a city skyline.

Secondly, the Urban revival of the neighbourhood, where the plan follows a double transportation system on the periphery and underground of the complex. The ample use of green pockets and parks offers varied leisure activities and acts as “city’s windows “to the environment. Implementation of a “sponge city” water management system includes green roofs, wetlands, bio-retention facilities, rainwater gardens, and permeable pavements to achieve the goal of controlling the discharge of up to 75 %.

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Kaixiang Technology Community _©Smithgroup
  • City: Zhengzhou, China
  • Year: 2018
  • Area: 7.4M GSF
  • Client: N/A

Chu Hall – Solar Energy Research Centre

Chu Hall is a solar research centre and laboratory at Berkeley, a creative hub for focusing on collaborative research. The centre is mostly for the Department of Energy-funded Joint Centre for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP), the largest research program for artificial solar-fuel generation technology. In addition to this, it also accommodates Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute, which explores energy science and nanomaterials.

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Chu Hall, Berkeley _©Arch daily

The architecture here works on three components; Plinth, Breezeway, and Corona, at three levels of the building.

“Plinth” is subsurface for laboratories and research at Level 01, where it takes around more than 50% of the overall building footage and is designed as low shock and vibration as it holds the laboratories, sensitive to vibration and light.

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Plinth – Subsurface directing to laboratories for JCAP _©Arch daily

“Breezeway” is a ground-level entrance lobby at Level 02, where it fosters interdisciplinary and collaborative research and an environment with shared administrative offices and conference rooms.

“Corona” is an elevated laboratory at Level 03, where it houses wet labs and a research centre for the department of Nanoscience to congregate Nanoscale components into active systems. 

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_Corona – Wet laboratories at elevated level _©Arch daily
  • City: Berkeley, United States
  • Year: 2015
  • Area: 39000 Sft
  • Client: National Maritime Museum Preparatory Office Chinese Government and Tianjin Municipality

DC Water Headquarters

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DC Water Headquarters, Washington _©Smithgroup

DC Water headquarters is the new platinum headquarters for this utility, focusing on water and sewerage treatment facilities, returning the grey water into an ecosystem. The building is composed of the form where it distinguishes it from the historic 20th mid-century pumping station along the northern edge of the site; The project also epitomized the use of a ground-breaking water thermal recovery system to capture the flowing heat from the wastewater. 

The building’s sinuous form and skin are formed and analyzed for the site’s opportunities and constraints. The façade follows punched windows in green cladding to commemorate the historical use of copper in water transmission, glass curtain walls, and tinted glass for lighting and ventilation and reduce heat and glare. The building happens to be a literal symbol of urban management and revival, embracing sustainable and environmental design measures. 

  • City: Washington, DC
  • Year: 2018
  • Area: 150000Sft
  • Client: DC Water and Sewer  Authority

References

  1. “Museum of the Bible / SmithGroup” 04 Jun 2019. ArchDaily .Available at : www.archdaily.com/918428/museum-of-the-bible-smithgroup> ISSN 0719-8884 [Accessed 4 Sep 2022.]
  2. . Chu Hall – Solar Energy Research Center / SmithGroup” 16 Oct 2015. ArchDaily.. < Available at : www.archdaily.com/775388/chu-hall-solar-energy-research-center-smithgroupjjr> ISSN 0719-8884[Accessed 4 Sep 2022]
  3. Smithgroup (1919-2022). Smithgroup -Projects. [online] Available at: www..smithgroup.com/our-work/projects [Accessed 4 Sep 2022].
  4. Architizer (1919-2022). DCWater headquarters,Washington,DC. [online] Available at: www. architizer.com/projects/dc-water-headquarters/ [Accessed 4 Sep 2022].
Author

Varsha Mini Veronica, an architect and urban enthusiast, driven by desire to envision modes of sustainability through design as a tool highlighting architectural writing as the medium to critique, create a demand for better architecture for society. Her strengths include her as a vertical thinker, as she believes in developing platforms that are not just human- centric but to address the livability of the environment.

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