BIG announced as finalists for new US Navy Museum

25 April 2023
  • Bjarke Ingels Group
  • Bjarke Ingels Group
  • Bjarke Ingels Group
  • Bjarke Ingels Group
  • Bjarke Ingels Group
  • Bjarke Ingels Group

Bjarke Ingels Group


Washington, DC

United States

Secretary of the Navy unveils design concepts at event in Washington, DC

Tenderstream member Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has been announced as a finalist in the design idea contest for the future state-of-the-art National Museum of the U.S. Navy. Alongside BIG, the other finalists include DLR Group, Frank Gehry Partners, Perkins & Will and Quinn Evans. Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro unveiled the conceptual renderings at the current museum in Washington, DC, stating: “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.”  

The new museum is envisioned as a home for both Naval veterans and the public, a living memorial to the US Navy’s heritage and a lighthouse in the community for education and public events. The 270,000 sq ft campus includes a new building and ceremonial courtyard, as well as the potential renovation of existing historical buildings. BIG’s proposal, developed in collaboration with landscape architects Olin studio and digital media agency Squint/Opera, seeks to reflect the historic context of the Navy Yard, while referencing the scale, materials and details of Navy vessels. An array of large-scale vitrines open up towards a public street, welcoming visitors and locals with an impressive glimpse into the museum’s collection of artifacts inside and outside, conveying the mission, lineage and breadth of operations that constitute the US Navy.

The final canvases from the competition are on display for public viewing at the museum,, with further exhibitions planned this summer. 

Lucy Nordberg
Tenderstream Head of Research

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