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Hirshhorn Moves into the Next Phase of Design for Inflatable Pavillion

WASHINGTON, DC.- The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden received supportive comments from the National Capital Planning Commission for a proposed seasonal inflatable pavilion to the museum’s plaza. Architectural firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s design for the structure was reviewed at the concept stage. The NCPC voted to approve executive director Marcel C. Acosta’s recommendation of the project. To date, the Hirshhorn Museum has received encouragement to proceed with the development of this project by both the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and the NCPC. In a written recommendation, Acosta states, “…the semi-annual transformation of the museum’s central courtyard will create an exciting and unanticipated attraction along the National Mall…” The Commission recommends that the Hirshhorn continue to develop designs for two versions of the inflatable pavilion