The National Museum of the United States Army has received a merit award in the 2021 AIA New York Chapter Design Awards. The award program recognizes outstanding design by AIA New York members. The building—designed to serve as the symbolic front door to the oldest branch of the U.S. military—was honored in the architecture category, along with 13 other projects.
Spanning 84 acres on the Fort Belvoir Military Installation in Virginia, the museum is the first of its kind devoted to the entire history of the U.S. Army. The architecture draws inspiration from three core ideals: discipline, modesty, and rigor. The building is composed of a series of five pavilions for exhibits and special events. Its facade, designed in a regular grid of stainless steel panels, as well as recessed glass panels and painted aluminum fins, reflects the bucolic surroundings—transforming the character of the building through every season and time of day.