US Freedom Pavilion Earns New Orleans Magazine Best in Architecture

13 March 2013

Every year, New Orleans Magazine names 5 projects in its Best New Architecture. This year, US Freedom Pavilion: Boeing Center was honored. The team at Woodward would like to extend our congratulations to the great team at Voorsanger Mathes LLC for their outstanding design, and to the National World War II Museum for their continued vision. It was truly an honor to work on a project that honors the many brave men and women who gave so much for our freedom!

Best New Architecture: 5 Blueprints to Excellence

New Orleans Magazine

13 March 2013

This is the latest completed project in the seemingly ever-expanding World War II Museum complex, an institution with a strong national profile that’s a premier attractor of visitors to our city. There are few spaces in New Orleans that have the impact of the new Freedom Pavilion. One reason is its scale. However, unlike a hotel atrium, it’s activated both by the vintage aircraft that fill the space and by walkways at three levels across it and along its edge. Museum President Dr. Nick Mueller explains that the pavilion was intended to showcase the large scale “arsenal of democracy” artifacts. In the absence of large warships, the biggest of these may be the building itself. The immense precast concrete panels and the interior metal elements of acoustical panels, aluminum guardrails and steel gratings are architectural manifestations of the same kind of industrial productive capacity.

The huge north-facing front curtain wall ultimately will enfront the “parade ground.” It is spectacular at night with the contents highlighted in the glowing box. Architecturally, the moves are just right. The building has large expansive planer walls, but they’re tilted and skewed from the vertical and horizontal, creating a dynamic condition. The pavilion can also be used as a flexible event space, with a hydraulic stage that can rise from the flat concrete floor. With the aircraft forming a virtual ceiling, this is already one of the most memorable spaces in the city and a landmark from the bridge approach as well.

Voorsanger Mathes LLC; Bartholomew Voorsanger, design principal; Martin Stigsgaard, Masayuki Sono, lead designers; Peter Miller, Issei Suma, Anastasiya Konopitskaya; Edward C. Mathes, managing principal; Peter F. Priola, project manager; Scott M. Evans, project architect.

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