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National Vietnam Veterans Museum
National Vietnam Veterans Museum

National Vietnam Veterans Museum

Client:
National Vietnam Veterans Museum

Location:
Phillip Island, VIC

Status:
Town Planning lodged March 2021

Floor Area:
5500 m2

Contact Person:
Sophie Cleland

The National Vietnam Veterans Museum (NVVM) is a privately run organisation located on Phillip Island in Victoria. Across the past 3 decades it has grown from its origins as a small travelling exhibition, and now welcomes visitors to Australia’s only dedicated Museum to the Vietnam War, it’s stories, and its people. The NVVM was created to remember the many contributions made by our veterans and their families, and to allow therapeutic support for the veterans it serves. It must continue to safeguard our unique national collection for all Australians, and to ensure the veterans memories and stories are preserved for our current and future generations.

Architectus have worked closely with the NVVM to realise a new design, focused on the Museum’s future. The design provides a bespoke contemporary facility to house this nationally significant collection, representing over 40,000 historic objects, from full size aircraft and tanks, to personal effects, scale models, and artworks. The breadth of the collection, and the uniquely personal way the veteran’s stories are told, enables the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans to be honoured.

The design has been carefully considered to enable visitors to experience the collection in engaging ways, with many of its large aircraft suspended overhead.  Alongside the collection, opportunities for experiential moments of reflection, remembrance, and learning have also been incorporated into the buildings design and its connection to the site’s wider landscape and memorial gardens. Together with the NVVM, we have imagined a place that doesn’t shy away from the realities of conflict, while offering a place of reconciliation and healing, embracing the spirit of respect, protection, and comradery.

The local Phillip Island community and their ongoing support of the Museum has been honoured and encouraged to grow through the many publicly accessible spaces provided for in the design. People are invited to visit and enjoy the plentiful grounds, with proposed landscape walks through wetlands, nature play areas, and memorial gardens, while the new café and public upper deck will welcome visitors, providing an opportunity to refresh and refuel with a unique view of the natural beauty Phillip Island has to offer.

This nationally significant project comes at a critical moment in history for all Vietnam Veterans. The new Museum will give all Australians the opportunity to honour and safeguard their memory, stories, and sacrifices. Architectus is honoured to play a part in realising the Museum and supporting its valuable contribution to Australia’s historical fabric.

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National Vietnam Veterans Museum
Entrance View - National Vietnam Veterans Museum
Sky Deck Mezzanine with Canberra Bomber - Entrance View - National Vietnam Veterans Museum

Client:
National Vietnam Veterans Museum

Location:
Phillip Island, VIC

Status:
Town Planning lodged March 2021

Floor Area:
5500 m2

Contact Person:
Sophie Cleland