The National WWII Museum

The National World War II Museum completed phases include Exhibition Spaces, 4-D Theater, Performance Hall, Executive Offices, Retail and Restaurant. The Theater and Exhibition Spaces present the stories of World War II to an international audience while preserving materials for research and inspiring future generations to apply the lessons learned from the most complex military operation ever staged.

The Solomon Victory Theater, performance space, retail and restaurant complete the eastern segment of the Master Plan, connecting new elements to the surrounding urban fabric, existing museum and future pavilions. The double height lobby of the Theater creates a spatial gravity point with balconies integrated into an architectural promenade that continues throughout the campus.

The recently completed U.S. Freedom Pavilion is the tallest building on the National World War II Museum’s Campus. At 30,000 gross square feet and 100 feet tall, it is anchoring the entire Museum campus. The new Pavilion showcases several large artifacts, titled the Arsenal of Democracy, which were integral to the Allied victory, including a restored Boeing B-17G “Flying Fortress.

The layout and geometry of the pavilions are generated for optimal performance within the overall master plan program and massing. Large scale precast concrete with interlocking geometries cover the external street façades. In contrast, through extensive use of glazing and metal panels, the façades facing the internal court ('Parade Ground') are transparent and lightweight. The recently completed phases have made the Museum the most visited destination in the city of New Orleans.

Design Principal:
Bartholomew Voorsanger
Lead Design:
Martin Stigsgaard, Masayuki Sono
Museum Consultant:
Peggy A. Loar
Design Team:
Peter Miller, James Macdonald, Radoslaw Krysztofiak , Andrea Wiedemann, Mark Wagner, Reema Pathak, Van Hsin-Hung Tsao, Issei Suma, Won Jun Jung, Anastasiya Konopitskaya

Associate Architect:
Mathes Brierre Architects, New Orleans, LA
Firm established for project - Voorsanger Mathes LLC
Photography:
Thomas Damgaard, Richard Sexton (Theater Interior)