Smithsonian Chooses Design For African American Museum On the National Mall
The final museum on the land designated as the National Mall in Washington, DC will be the architectural creation of Freelon Adjaye Bond and SmithGroup teams. The Smithsonian announced its juried decision yesterday, after reviewing the designs of the six finalists in the international call for submissions. The National Museum of African American History and Culture is expected to be finished in 2012.
The winning design, Philip G. Freelon of the Freelon Group said, is a "... concept—not a finished building. The design process now begins in earnest with the full engagement of the museum and Smithsonian Institution staff. Together, we will advance the ideas that have been explored to date in an inclusive and collaborative environment.”
The Freelon Group recently won the award for design work on the Center for Civil & Human Rights (CCHR) in Atlanta. They also designed the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture in Baltimore.
The Freelon Group will be the architect of record; lead architect will be David Adjaye of Adjaye Associates. They are joined by architectural and engineering firms of Davis Brody Bond Aedas, and SmithGroup.
If you can't picture where the The National Museum of African American History and Culture will be situated, here is a map of the National Mall with a blue circle around the grounds.
To see all six finalists for the The National Museum of African American History and Culture design award, click here.