Unites States Institute of Peace
This brand new building designed by architect Moshe Safdie was just completed at the far west end of the National Mall. The bold design features a swooping translucent roof form that covers an interior atrium connecting stone office masses. Safdie walks a fine line between a pure modern minimalism and a post-modern iconic formalism. The roof structure is technologically elegant, but if viewed in plan it purposely evokes the image of the dove of peace.