The new home of the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C., has a facade of acid-etched precast concrete and features two soaring atria covered by a glass roof that looks like a dove in flight, along with a light-filled interior. "I'm not one who believes in overt symbolism, but my sense of a building dedicated to peace was a sense of the lightness of being," said architect Moshe Safdie. "It should be a serene building. It should not be an aggressive building. It should be full of light."
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