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Moshe Safdie unveils pentagonal scheme for National Medal of Honor Museum

The new museum near Charleston, S.C., will archive the history of the nation's highest military honorees.

April 23, 2015 |
Designs for National Medal of Honor Museum by Safdie Architects unveiled

The pentagonal concrete-and-glass structure wil be 128 feet high. Renderings courtesy Safdie Architects

Renderings of Safdie Architects’ design for the National Medal of Honor Museum in Mount Pleasant, S.C., have been released, ArchDaily reports. Safdie won the commission after a national search held in October.

The museum will be built on the marshlands at Patriots Point, just southeast of Charleston Harbor, adjacent to the local landmark Ravenel Bridge. Exhibited inside the museum will be artifacts and educational material about Medal of Honor awardees from the Civil War to the present, the men and women who “served and sacrificed in defense of the U.S.,” earning them highest military award.

The pentagonal concrete-and-glass structure will rise 128 feet, which matches a nearby aircraft carrier’s height. A total of three buildings will makeup the 107,000-sf museum.

According to the firm’s project description, the museum complex will consist of a grass-topped land pavilion for the entrance, conference space, and administrative offices; a museum building that will accommodate public and private events, permanent and special exhibits, and classroom space; and finally a 140-seat chapel overlooking the sea.

Read more at ArchDaily.


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