Today, officials gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony for the National Museum of the U.S. Army, designed by SOM. At the event, attended by SOM team members Kristopher Takacs and Eliezer Lee, Army leaders spoke about the significance the project, which will be the first and only museum to tell the story of America's oldest military branch. The museum will bring the Army’s story to life through film, interactive exhibits, first-person interpretations, and the largest collection of Army artifacts, art, and materials ever displayed.
Located in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, the complex will include a main building with a grand lobby, exhibition areas, a learning center, a rooftop garden, a cafe, and space for retail, banquets, and administrative functions. Composed of a series of modern, steel-clad pavilions, the architecture is restrained yet confident. The 85-acre site will also feature a memorial garden, a 200-seat amphitheater, a parade field and grandstand, and an Army Trail with interpretive stations.
A video of the groundbreaking ceremony can be viewed here.