Quoted: Bjarke Ingels on the Smithsonian Castle

April 11, 2013
Anyone need to make a quick pit stop? (AP)
Anyone need to make a quick pit stop? (AP)

“It’s basically a completely overblown toilet.”

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Ingels in 2011. (Thorsten Overgaard/Getty Images)

Bjarke Ingels on the Smithsonian Castle. The superstar Danish architect has been hired to rethink landscaping and access for several of the Smithsonian’s buildings on the Mall, and he shared particularly sharp words with Architectural Record about the castle — mostly used, he said, as a tourist rest stop. But it’s “the only building that pokes into the axis of the Mall, so in that sense, there is a great potential. . . There’s a great desire from everybody to have it be more than a beautiful bathroom.” Read the Architectural Record interview: Newsmaker: Bjarke Ingels on the Smithsonian

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