Archinect - News 2017-07-26T22:44:09-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/150017019/brutalism-lovers-rejoice-plans-for-a-new-fbi-headquarters-are-canceled Brutalism lovers rejoice: Plans for a new FBI headquarters are canceled Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-11T14:40:00-04:00 >2017-07-11T19:34:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qr/qr3v6qz53tyd9nxl.jpg" width="650" height="512" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The decision follows years of failed attempts by federal officials to persuade Congress to fully back a plan for a campus in the Washington suburbs paid for by trading away the Hoover Building to a real estate developer and putting up nearly $2 billion in taxpayer funds to cover the remaining cost. For years, FBI officials have raised alarms that the decrepit conditions at Hoover constitute serious security concerns.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Built in 1975 in Washington DC, at $126 million, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/240908/fbi-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">J. Edgar Hoover Building</a> was the most expensive federal building ever erected. While much loved by some architectural critics, the building has also been under intense criticism for its appearance and functionality ever since its construction.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/xc/xcebsed1iu0kcny7.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/xc/xcebsed1iu0kcny7.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>J. Edgar Hoover Building from the street - taken in April 2007.</figcaption></figure><p>Some of its most distinctive features like its open courtyard, designed to allow visitors to walk freely into the inner courtyard, and its firing range equipped with a 162-seat auditorium, where visitors can sit and watch agents take shooting practice, have become obsolete over the years. The Stanislaw Gladych and&nbsp;Carter Manny-designed <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/403067/brutalist" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brutalist</a> icon was going to be demolished and replaced with a&nbsp;mixed-use condo building, but as of now, it's destiny is unclear.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/digger/wp/2015/10/16/the-fbis-headquarters-is-falling-apart-why-is-it-so-hard-for-america-to-build-a-new-one/?utm_term=.9f8559d1d15b#comments" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">According to the Washington Post</a>, "Further <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/212775/retrofitting" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">retrofitting</a> is prohibitively expensive; despite the Hoover building&rsquo;s overall size of 2.4 million gross square feet only 53 perce...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/60315315/preservationists-back-out-before-fight-over-fbi-s-hoover-building-even-begins Preservationists back out before fight over FBI’s Hoover Building even begins Alexander Walter 2012-10-29T17:09:00-04:00 >2012-11-05T20:30:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/b8/b8ac33090a31037023c02ee573a68742.jpg" width="606" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The public doesn&rsquo;t typically consider the Brutalist buildings historical &mdash; they consider them ugly. The Hoover Building in particular was named the ugliest building on Earth earlier this year by a travel Web site. And now that Penn Quarter has evolved into a posh residential community, neighbors of the building want it gone.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>