Washington, DC – Museums employ different approaches for illuminating works of art, most notably daylight and artificial lighting. In September 2016, the East Building galleries of the National Gallery of Art, which house the modern collection and several temporary exhibition spaces reopened after three years of renovation. The museum preserved its natural lighting strategy with a new, more advanced, system. The new and advanced laylight functions to filter and diffuse natural daylight from the skylights above before it reaches the galleries below. This system ensures daylight will not damage sensitive works of art.

Acurlite Structural Skylights was hired to assist in the design development of the new laylight system and space. The goal of the project was to enhance the laylight system both structurally and aesthetically. Preliminary details were 3-D printed for discussion and the decision was made that the original re-design was not acceptable aesthetically. Through development of new details and 3-D printing of new mock up extrusions and assemblies the project team was able to develop and approve a concept that everyone agreed upon. This particular project is a great example of the power of 3-D printing and how it can help assist in design development of a project.

Not only did the 3-D printed extrusion and mock-ups allow for the project team to touch and feel the pieces for approval, in a timely manner, it also saved the project and design build budget tens of thousands of dollars by eliminating the need to develop dies and extrude physical metal pieces and parts. This also allowed for an improvement in schedule for an overall betterment of project duration.

Acurlite Structural Skylights offers a full list of up front design services from engineering, design assistance, preliminary calculations, shop drawings,3-D printing and modeling.

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Government Funded Agency

Washington, DC

Hartman-Cox Architects

Four custom laylights