NEWSEUM and Freedom Forum Headquarters

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project at a glance

The Newseum, a mixed-use project designed by Polshek Partnership is composed of a 550,000 square foot highly progressive museum, class "A" office headquarters for the Freedom Forum, 140,000 square feet of upscale residences, 30,000 square feet of retail spaces, below grade parking, a 9,000 square foot conference center with an outdoor terrace, two restaurants and visitor services center. 

The Newseum has seven levels of galleries and theaters that feature interactive exhibits. The building includes technologically advanced black box broadcasting facilities, a 500 seat "4D" auditorium, a museum store and a "news café" with stunning views of the Capitol.

The building’s shape resembles a newspaper with three sections, each slightly taller than the one before it. Just as a reader discovers more by turning the pages, each layer of the museum reveals another aspect of journalism.

The most prominent elements are the 74-foot-high Tennessee pink marble engraving, touting the 45 words of the First Amendment, and the immense front glass curtain wall representing the transparency of the press. The building contains almost every conceivable structural system in steel and concrete, including a dramatic, 70-foot bent column monumental stair. There are 24 structural systems and 11 exterior wall systems – with 12 types of glass.

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