BIG, Frank Gehry and Perkins & Will are among the finalists for new US Navy campus

BIG, Frank Gehry and Perkins & Will are among the finalists for new US Navy campus

BIG, Frank Gehry and Perkins & Will are among the finalists for new US Navy campus

BIG, Frank Gehry Partners and Perkins & Will are among the five finalists for the new US Navy headquarters in Washington, DC, US.

The winning designs were revealed to the five finalists by the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC), following the initial announcement of the Navy’s December 2022 Art Ideas Competition.

The Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) has now revealed the five visions as finalists to explore the potential future of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy.

The five shortlisted finalists are Copenhagen and New York-based Bjarke Ingels Group, US firm DLR Group, Frank Gehry Partners, Chicago-based Perkins & Will, and US firm Quinn Evans.

The planned new museum campus will consist of approximately 270,000 square feet (25,083 m2) and include approximately 100,000 square feet (9,290 m2) of net gallery space.

After the initial announcement in December, 80 companies expressed interest in the competition, with 37 submitting their qualifications. In the final stage, NHHC selected five finalists.

Currently, the five concepts from the competition will be on display for public display at the National Naval Museum at the Washington Navy Yard. In addition, NHHC is planning an additional public exhibit this summer.

According to Charles Swift, acting director of the US Naval Museum, who oversaw the competition, the winning design will be determined after a few steps – which are not yet clear.

Before announcing the winning project, the museum plans to “have a conversation with America: the Navy, its veterans, and the nation about the final concepts.”

The new U.S. Navy Museum campus will provide greater public access that could include a new building and potential renovation of existing historic buildings.

The finalists’ plans include a museum entrance, lobby, and ceremonial courtyard, and the incorporation of some of the Navy’s larger artifacts, such as a Corsair plane, a Swift boat, and a submarine sail.

“We are pleased to present five visions for the future of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy,” said Secretary of the Navy Carlos del Toro. “While each concept is different, they all show how we can celebrate and honor our Navy’s accomplishments.” “Our veterans point the way to the Navy’s future.”

“These concepts represent an important step in the process of building the museum,” according to Charles Swift.

“These ideas and concepts show what might be possible for a new museum,” Swift said. “We have a number of steps we need to complete before the final design is determined, and that first step is to have a conversation with America: our Navy, our veterans and our nation, about what we have delivered today.”

Read on to learn about the finalists’ plans for the new U.S. Navy Museum campus:


BIG, Frank Gehry and Perkins & Will are among the finalists for new US Navy campus

BIG’s proposal for the new U.S. Navy Museum campus. Photo by BIG, courtesy of NHHC

The BIG design scheme consists of five linear volumes, with the last three volumes being slightly wavy at the back. As BIG explains, design refers to the size, materials and details of naval vessels.

The ends of these linear volumes act like large-scale glass facades that open out toward a public street, welcoming visitors and locals with a fascinating look at the museum’s artifact collection inside and out.

“Our concept is informed by the beautiful heritage of the buildings at the Navy Yard,” said Bjarke Ingels, founder and creative director of BIG.

“The Navy belongs in the water, so we put the museum in the water. A series of tall, slender buildings line Main Street and display life-size artifacts from the five branches of the Navy: surface, subsurface, mission, aviation and space.”

“The five buildings flow together to form an epic atrium cascading from roof to floor where all exhibitions are visually and physically accessible upon arrival,” Ingels added.

“This huge space will also serve as a majestic setting for ceremonies honoring those who have served. As envisioned, the museum will be one for the naval museum as well as for the Navy,” Engels added.

BIG, Frank Gehry and Perkins & Will are among the finalists for new US Navy campus

Frank Gehry Partners design plan/model for the new U.S. Navy Museum campus. Photo by Frank Gehry Partners, provided by NHHC

BIG, Frank Gehry and Perkins & Will are among the finalists for new US Navy campus

Frank Gehry Partners’ design plan for the new U.S. Navy Museum campus. Photo by Frank Gehry Partners, provided by NHHC

Frank Gehry Partners designed a large glass box that includes a partially glass roof. The interior is filled with a series of artifacts, large-scale photographs and illustrations.

Squares, circles and linear shapes will dominate the interior of the proposed museum.

BIG, Frank Gehry and Perkins & Will are among the finalists for new US Navy campus

Perkins & Will’s design plan for the new U.S. Navy Museum campus. Photo by Perkins and Will, courtesy NHHC

BIG, Frank Gehry and Perkins & Will are among the finalists for new US Navy campus

Perkins & Will’s design plan for the new U.S. Navy Museum campus. Photo by Perkins and Will, courtesy NHHC

Perkins & Will designed a “highly interactive” building, inviting visitors on an experiential journey through the Navy’s past, present and future.

Inspired by the Navy’s “core values ​​and qualities—strength, commitment, integrity, courage, honor, and initiative,” the building is based on research, including interviews with active and veteran sailors in the U.S. Navy.

Composed of sail-like shapes and landscapes, the building resembles “a fleet of ships floating on the surface of the ocean, representing power and establishing a clear connection with sea, land and air.”

“Our concept places visitors at the intersection of the three fundamental forces — land, sea and air — that make up the U.S. Navy,” said Johnson, who is also global design director for Perkins & Will. “It is a tangible expression of Navy honor, courage and commitment.”

BIG, Frank Gehry and Perkins & Will are among the finalists for new US Navy campus

DLR Group’s design plan for the new U.S. Navy Museum campus. Image from the DLR Collection, courtesy of NHHC

BIG, Frank Gehry and Perkins & Will are among the finalists for new US Navy campus

DLR Group’s design plan for the new U.S. Navy Museum campus. Image from the DLR Collection, courtesy of NHHC

DLR Group designed a building that incorporates “the relationship between water, sky and space.” The company’s vision includes water features in the building’s foundation, entrance and ceremonial courtyard.

Taking on a crystalline form, the overall appearance of the building symbolizes water through its reflective surfaces. “It is envisaged that the sides of the building’s form reflect the ground level and its balconies at multiple levels with the water or sky,” DLR Group said.

The building consists of three parts: a prominent gallery volume, a historic structure, and an additional wing.

While one main entrance is accessed via a ramp inside the water feature, visitors are expected to enjoy a glimpse of the atrium inside the building. “Visitors will ascend via an interpretive platform elevator to the highest level of the museum and follow ramps to view the galleries.” “The raised terraces are designed on multiple levels, and the courtyard and atrium, all enhanced by landscaping, seating and artefacts, provide flexible use for events.”

BIG, Frank Gehry and Perkins & Will are among the finalists for new US Navy campus

Quinn Evans’ design plan for the new U.S. Navy Museum campus. Photo by Quinn Evans, courtesy NHHC

BIG, Frank Gehry and Perkins & Will are among the finalists for new US Navy campus

Quinn Evans’ design plan for the new U.S. Navy Museum campus. Photo by Quinn Evans, courtesy NHHC

Quinn Evans envisioned the concept as “a beacon in the community for education and public events.” Proposing a large angular volume, raised from the ground by a floor-to-ceiling glass box, the museum consists of 6 main buildings arranged in a row.

The museum complex is planned to include the public building, main entrance, atrium, exhibition space, ceremonial “Honor” square, and the use of holistic artifacts.

The company’s proposal aims to be a “modern, public-facing space that includes a new building and ceremonial square, as well as the potential renovation of existing historic buildings.”

“The goal of the new museum is to provide a more dynamic and fresh approach to history and how people think about historical institutions,” Quinn Evans said.

Top image in article: BIG’s proposal for the new US Naval Museum campus. Photo by BIG, courtesy of NHHC.

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