The Museum of Bond Vehicles and Espionage designed by Gensler is located in Illinois, United States. Yesterday, Gensler unveiled its design for the Museum of Bond Vehicles and Espionage, which is slated to open in Momence, IL, in 2012, on the 50th anniversary of the first James Bond movie, Dr. No. The 14,000 sq ft museum will house the exclusive collection of the Ian Fleming Foundation, including the world’s largest collection of vehicles used in Bond films. A partnership between the Ian Fleming Foundation, the Kankakee County Museum and the City of Momence, this Gensler-designed museum will also feature cultural artifacts of espionage with exhibits exploring contemporary culture’s impact on the Bond films as well as Bond’s influence on popular culture.
With a limited budget, Gensler focused on a single bold design move to make a statement against a simple backdrop. The result is the ‘007’ window (named so because the window’s angled jamb resembles a ‘7’), located at the building’s prominent corner. The window does quadruple-duty, providing exhibit display space, signage, a day lit interior, and an iconic backdrop for photographs.