This Amazing New Museum In Washington DC Was Designed By A Ghanaian Architect

This is David Adjaye.

A British-based Ghanaian architect.

David Adjaye

 

Adjaye is a world-renowned architect born in Tanzania to a Ghanaian diplomat father

He later moved to London at the age of nine. Adjaye is a graduate of the Royal College of Art.

Smithsonian Museum of African American History

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Some of his other important works include the design of two public libraries in Washington and the design of homes for celebrities like Alexander McQueen and Ewan McGregor.

Smithsonian Museum of African American History

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In 2009, Adjaye led a design team that included Philip Freelon (founder of the North Carolina-based Freelon Group) and the late J. Max Bond, Jr., of New York’s Davis Brody Bond to beat hundreds of other architectural firms in a design competition for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Smithsonian Museum of African American History

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The museum design required a building that would function as a museum while also doubling as a multipurpose event centre that could host cultural events of various kinds.

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It also required a design that respects the history and views of the Washington monument while demonstrating an understanding of the African American experience.

Smithsonian Museum of African American History

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David Adjaye’s winning design for the African American museum was inspired by the crown worn by the Yoruba kings in Nigeria.

Smithsonian Museum of African American History

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The auditorium.

Smithsonian Museum of African American History

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The column-free interiors are designed to maximise natural light, and a material palette that includes pre-cast concrete, timber and glass.

Smithsonian Museum of African American History

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Birdseye view.

Smithsonian Museum of African American History

 

The exterior.

Smithsonian Museum of African American History

 

David Adjaye on his relationship with Africa

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