national d-day museum

There are two extant physical conditions, which this design turns into opportunities to reinforce the overall concept. The first is the existing Louisiana Pavilion and D-Day exhibitions and the second is the restoration and use of the historic structures along Magazine Street. These as well as the many new galleries, theatre and visitor amenities are unified under a new undulating roof, inspired by the camouflage structures which aircraft and troops were often disguised. With multiple points of entry, the primary one must be an unambiguous, dignified and the honorific “front door”. The core spatial experience is a great hall, legible both as a “Union Station” and as a “Hall of Nations”. This sky lit volume will be the point of departure and exit from a journey that will take visitors through new galleries that tell the hundreds of stories of WWII.

new orleans, louisiana
institutional – museum | concept design & planning
223,800 sq ft

team: Wm. Jack T. Phillips AIA
w/The Polshek Partnership (+ Eskew+Dumez+Ripple)