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Parallax Gap

Client: Smithsonian American Art Museum

Location: Washington, DC, United States

Completion date: 2017

Project Team




Smithsonian American Art Museum & Renwick Gallery

Smithsonian American Art Museum & Renwick Gallery

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Sapsis Rigging

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NOUS Engineering


If most ceilings imply shelter, defining the limits of the room, others suggest the opposite: extension beyond its concrete limits. The renaissance tradition of Trompe l’oeil ceilings uses the illusionary depth of perspective to project what is not there; a dome that was never built or an attic filled with angels.


Our winning proposal for the Smithsonian’s Above the Renwick Competition draws out a series of ceilings that project beyond the limits of the gallery, curating an eclectic catalog of notable American architectural styles rendered through 21st century technology and visual culture.