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Finalists Announced for Artistic Ideas Competition for National Museum of the US Navy


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Bjarke Ingels Group, DLR Group, Frank Gehry Partners, Perkins&Will and Quinn Evans Chosen to Present New Artistic Museum Concepts  

WASHINGTON, DC (January 4, 2023) – Project management and owner’s representative firm MGAC has announced the five finalists of a nationwide Artistic Ideas Competition for the new National Museum of the U.S. Navy (NMUSN), conducted on behalf of the Navy History and Heritage Command (NHHC). Following an open request for qualifications across the country, MGAC chose five prominent architecture firms to develop artistic ideas that will provide concepts for the Navy’s new museum campus, including Bjarke Ingels Group, DLR Group, Frank Gehry Partners, Perkins&Will, and Quinn Evans.

The five finalists will receive a competition fee of $50,000 each to develop submissions that will be evaluated by a panel representing NHHC and Navy leadership. At the conclusion of the development process, the firms’ concepts will be unveiled by NHHC and MGAC, followed by a public artistic showcase exhibit planned for the spring.

“We’re incredibly excited to take this crucial step toward seeing what’s possible for our new museum,” said Samuel Cox, Director, Naval History and Heritage Command. “We anticipate that this process and ultimate unveiling of these prestigious firms’ artistic ideas will generate a great deal of interest from the public, servicemembers, and the arts and cultural communities. We look forward to seeing the creativity of our inspiring lineup of finalists.”

“We’re heartened by the great number of submissions from top architecture firms from across the country,” said David Ben-Israel, Vice President, MGAC. “It’s an honor to work with both the Navy and these leading creative minds to come up with innovate conceptual ideas for this landmark and once-in-a-lifetime project.”

The Navy intends to develop a modern, public-facing museum comprising a new building and ceremonial courtyard, as well as the potential renovation of existing historical buildings. The campus would consist of approximately 270,000 square feet, including approximately 100,000 square feet of net gallery space.

The Navy leadership has a long-held vision to build a state-of-the-art museum that will create a living memorial to the U.S. Navy’s heritage of victory, valor, and sacrifice. It will provide future museum visitors a greater understanding of the U.S. Navy’s role in ensuring America’s national and economic security and reflect the Navy’s vital importance in today’s global environment. The new NMUSN campus will be an educational, cultural, and ceremonial center for all visitors, to include active-duty Sailors, veterans, and the public.

Learn more about the finalists in the press.

Washington Times, National Museum of the U.S. Navy Names 5 Finalists for Concept Art
The Washington Post, A Model Battleship Moves on Wheels as Navy Plans New Flagship Museum

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