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National Veterans Memorial and Museum

Celebrating memory and the spirit of the place

Allied Works Architecture | Olin

The Scioto River flows in a slow, serpentine line through the city of Columbus, Ohio. This Midwestern “line of beauty” divides the mass of Downtown Columbus in the east from the flatlands to the west, instigating an understated yin yang relationship between the business, governmental and apartment towers on one side and a considerably less dense terrain of isolated buildings and parking lots on the other. In recent years, the immediate riverbank has been reinvigorated as a linear park, with one signature building - COSI, the Center of Science and Industry, by Japanese postmodernist Arata Isozaki - occupying a key convex tract facing Downtown. It has now been joined by the National Veterans Memorial and Museum (NVMM), a ramping earthwork skillfully integrated into this evolving landscape. The NVMM is a new institution, indebted to the vision and guidance of the late John...

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