National WWII Museum

New Orleans, USA 

Voorsanger Mathes LLC

The National World War II Museum in New Orleans was designed by Voorsanger Mathes LLC. The images by architectural photographer Pygmalion Karatzas dramatically capture the various looming volumes of the building, erected in new orleans to honor those who fought on the side of the allies.

The intersecting grey façades of the WWII museum are depicted here in stark relief against the grey new orleans sky, and accurately display the angular interplay between cement and glass. interlocking geometries dominate the external envelope of the building, with precast concrete and multi-storey glass panelling balancing both the building’s lighter aspect and its weighty temperament. according to the voorsanger mathes website, the 35 million dollar structure is the most visited destination in new orleans.

The various pavilions within the building guide the visitors’ narrative journey, dubbed by the architects ‘the path to victory’. balconies and walkways intersect overhead, creating an ‘architectural promenade’ that maps out the history of the war within the walls of the museum. the US freedom pavilion is the building’s tallest volume, measuring in at three thousand gross square feet and one hundred feet tall.


[text by Peter Corboy / desigboom]