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The SNF Agora Building 


Project Description

Designed by world renowned architecture firm Renzo Piano Building Workshop, the SNF Agora Institute’s new building will pay homage to the ancient Athenian agora by creating a space for civic engagement and informed, inclusive dialogue in the modern era. Two “floating” glass cubes, set within a verdant landscape, will create transparency between the activity inside the building and the broader world outside. One side of the building will support the scholarly work of the institute and multiple Krieger School centers and departments from overlapping disciplines’s scholarly work, housing faculty offices, labs, classrooms, meeting and seminar rooms, and co-working spaces. The other will be a gathering place with several agora-like spaces for conferences, speaker presentations, art exhibitions, and other events. The new building will be located directly next to the Wyman Park Building on the Homewood campus and will serve as a portal for the community to connect with the institute. It will be LEED certified and landscaped to reflect the natural environment of the mid-Atlantic region. 


Project Schedule

Demo/construction activity to begin on or around 7/28 

Design Complete – October 2021 

Site Work: Fall 2021 

Construction Begins: Winter 2021 

Building Opens: Fall 2023 


Traffic and Pedestrian Closures, Detours.  

Pedestrian traffic will be routed around the site (Early Learning Center side) and campus side 

Construction traffic will be Wyman Park Drive via Sisson/29th Street/I-83 

Construction workers will park at Johns Hopkins at Eastern on 33rd Street and will be shuttled to the job site daily. 

Construction Cam 1

Construction Cam 2


Related Links

SNF Agora Website 

SNF Agora Building Page 

Johns Hopkins University
Facilities & Real Estate
3910 Keswick Rd. Suite N3100
Baltimore, MD 21211
443.997.5302 / 443.997.3737