We have been covering the progress of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture over the last several months, our most recent being President Obama’s speech at the ceremony for the official ground breaking. Adjaye Associates recently shared with us some insight into the inspiration for the design and its grounding principles. We also have several new perspective renders illustrating the internal experience. More details after the break. Lead designer David Adjaye set out to establish a unique connection with both the site and its natural surroundings as well as create a compelling conceptual resonance within America’s deep and longstanding African heritage. The basis of the design is firmly rooted in a trifecta that binds and informs the overall design; a “corona” shape that forms the solid portion of the building, a “porch” extension of the building that merges into the surrounding landscape, and a bronze filigree that wraps around the structure.
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