Gensler unveils American Bond museum scheme
Gensler has revealed its plans for a US Museum of Bond vehicles and espionage in Momence, Illinois
The City of Momence, in partnership with the Ian Fleming Foundation, commissioned the practice to design a museum paying homage to James Bond vehicles and cultural artefacts.
The museum showcases the world’s largest collection of Bond vehicles, including the Glastron Chase Boat from Live and Let Die, the Lotus Submarine Car from The Spy who Loved me, the Aston Martin Volante from The Living Daylights, and the Jaguar XKR from Die another Day. All models on display will be the actual vehicles used on screen.
Working with a limited budget Gensler produced a simple design for the building with a so-called ‘7’ window, made from an angled jamb referencing the famous ‘007’ moniker.
Brian Vitale, design director at Gensler, said: ‘The ‘7’ window is very special to me. It is a practical element necessary on many levels but because of one small adjustment, the angle of the jamb, it becomes poetic. When the necessary becomes poetic, that is magic.’
He went on: ‘It’s a mysterious silhouette that reveals very little of the museum’s content, much like James Bond himself.’
The project aims to regenerate the surrounding area of Momence. Vitale explained: ‘At face value, we¹ve designed a showcase for a world-class collection of James Bond vehicles and the culture that surrounds them. But its real mission is to become a powerful catalyst for the revitalisation of a once-vibrant city.’
A selection of other artifacts from the films will be displayed alongside the vehicles.
The museum is expected to open in 2012, the anniversary of the first instalment of the Bond legacy, Dr No.