Metalwërks Played Key Role in Façade Design
May 11, 2021 – The Washington, D.C. chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) is the latest organization to recognize the design of the National Museum of the United States Army. Earlier this spring, jurors unanimously selected the building as an Architecture Award winner in the organization’s design awards. The jury cited “…the building’s elegance, and the way its guiding themes – discipline, modesty, and rigorousness – are all embodied in the design.”
Metalwërks played a pivotal role in the development of the building’s façade, supplying 110,000 square feet of the company’s Spline metal wall panels. An engineered flat plate assembly comprised of an extruded aluminum frame with an architectural finish face plate, Spline was critical in helping the building to create a memorable first impression. The goal was to mimic the visual of a line of soldiers marching in formation as a unit.
The design of the building’s façade reflects the natural surroundings of the museum. Because of this, Metalwërks took extraordinary measures to eliminate material distortions when fashioning the panels. In fact, the project used more than one-million pounds of metal, including stainless steel face plates and aluminum extrusions.
Situated just south of Washington, D.C., the 185-thousand-square-foot building opened in 2020 and is made up of five separate pavilions. The museum pays tribute to America’s oldest military service, telling its stories through artifacts, exhibits, and programs.
In 2020, the museum scored the top slot for “Smooth Metal Panels” in the Metal Architecture Design Awards.