Firm Selected to Design National Medal of Honor Museum at Patriots Point in South Carolina
Following a national search, the National Medal of Honor Foundation has selected Safdie Architects to develop the design for its new museum and education center at Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.
The National Medal of Honor Museum will bring the stories of the Medal of Honor recipients to life for visitors. The Medal of Honor was created in 1861 and is the nation’s highest military honor. It is awarded by the President of the United States on behalf of the United States Congress for valor in combat. The Museum is the first part of a multi-phase development of the site on the eastern shore of Charleston Harbor and will become an iconic destination in the region.
Safdie Architects, led by celebrated architect Moshe Safdie, was selected for its extensive experience with cultural projects and national monuments across the U.S. and abroad and the philosophical approach it has applied to these structures for five decades. Among its most notable projects are the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR; Khalsa Heritage Centre, the national museum of the Sikh people in Punjab, India; the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Canada; Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum in Jerusalem, Israel; and the United States Institute of Peace on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The designs for each of these projects are responsive to local, cultural, and environmental contexts and speak to the individuals for whom the buildings and public spaces were created.
“We are honored to have been selected for the National Medal of Honor Museum,” said Moshe Safdie. “This is a project with a noble mission on a significant site in a great historic city. It is an unbeatable combination and we look forward to the architectural challenge of creating a building worthy of the story which will unfold within it.”
As part of the announcement, the Foundation has also selected Gallagher & Associates of Silver Spring, MD, as the design team for the exhibitions. Gallagher & Associates and Safdie Architects will work collaboratively with the Foundation to ensure a continuity of experience and message in the Museum and related exhibitions. Work on the designs will begin in November 2014.
“The announcement of our selections marks an important milestone for the creation of the Museum,” said Robert C. Wilburn, president and CEO of the Foundation. “We selected Safdie Architects for their creativity, the unique nature of every building it designs, and its skill in working with waterfront sites. We look forward to working together to create a transformative visitor experience.”