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Rafael Viñoly Architects reveals design of National Medal of Honor Museum in Arlington



Rafael Viñoly Architects has unveiled the first renderings of a museum dedicated to US Armed Forces Medal of Honor recipients in Arlington, Texas.
Named the National Medal of Honor Museum, the memorial building will be built alongside a lake near the Texas Rangers baseball stadium and Cowboys football stadium in Arlington.
Rafael Viñoly Architects has designed the National Medal of Honor Museum
The museum will be dedicated to the 3,500 recipients of the USA's highest military award for valour in combat ? the Medal of Honor.
Its main galleries for permanent, interactive and temporary exhibitions will be located in a 25,000-square-foot block raised on stilts and accessed by two large, spiralling staircases.
The gallery block will be raised on stilts This form was created after studio founder, Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly, strained himself lifting a slab of metal in the studio. According to Rafael Viñoly Architects lifting the weight made him recall the burdens faced by the armed forces.

The block will be clad in steel as "the strength of steel ? forged in fire ? is akin to the strength of our armed forces, which is forged in the heat of battle".
The exhibition block will be positioned above an open amphitheatre that will be used as an events space.
An events space will be under the gallery block
"As someone who wasn't born in America, but chose it as my home more than 35 years ago, it is the privilege of a lifetime to have the opportunity to design and bu...
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