Bjarke Ingels, Frank Gehry among five contenders for US Navy museum

Bjarke Ingels Group’s concept for the US Navy museum
Five architects have been shortlisted to design a museum for the US Navy in Washington, DC.

Some 80 companies expressed an interest in participating in the project, with 37 then submitting qualifications and five selected as finalists.

Perkins & Will’s design

The contenders are: Bjarke Ingels Group, DLR Group, Frank Gehry Partners, Perkins & Will and Quinn Evans.

Quinn Evans’ concept

Since January, they have developed concepts for the museum’s entrance, a ceremonial courtyard, and an atrium that can incorporate large exhibits such as a Corsair aircraft, a swift boat and a submarine.

Frank Gehry Partners’ plan

The campus will measure 270,000 sq ft, with 100,000 sq ft of gallery space.

Carlos Del Toro, the Navy secretary, said: “While each concept is different, all of them show how we might celebrate our Navy’s accomplishments, honour our veterans and point the way toward the Navy’s future.”

DLR Group’s design

Samuel Cox, Naval History and Heritage Command director, said: “We’ll tell the story of the Navy’s history as it continues to unfold, and the ideas developed by our finalists herald a new way of honouring that history by inviting visitors to participate.”

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