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Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup to Design National Museum of African American History and Culture
Posted: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 |

David Adjaye
(Photo: Dominik Gigler)

The architectural team Freelon Adjaye Bond in association with SmithGroup was selected and announced today to design the new black history museum on the National Mall in Washington. They were among six architectural firms that entered the design competition in January 2009 from a total of 22 firms that responded to a Request for Qualifications issued during the summer of 2008. The selection was made by a jury chaired by Museum Director Lonnie G. Bunch III.

Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup proposed a layered, glowing structure topped with a bronze crown. The lead designer will be David Adjaye, who designed the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver.




The winning design concept for the National Museum of African American History and Culture submitted by Freelon Adjaye Bond / SmithGroup (Photo courtesy of Freelon Adjaye Bond / SmithGroup)

The National Museum of African American History and Culture could be the final museum added to the expanse between the U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument.


Model of the winning design concept for the National Museum of African American History and Culture submitted by Freelon Adjaye Bond / SmithGroup (Photo: AP)


The site for the new museum at the National Mall in Washington DC

Announcement of the results at a press conference at the Smithsonian Castle on April 14, 2009

To see the other shortlisted designs, click here.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Hmmm...this is so obvious...

Tuesday, April 14, 2009
lol.....I actually didnt think about it til reading your comment.

I went to the proposals exhibition in DC last weekend, and to be honest I found Adjaye's and Foster's proposals the ones that could make it.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Stellar. Dignified. Captivating. Excellent selection.

flossy pinkstone
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
another win for the " starchitects"

Thursday, April 16, 2009
Can't forget Phil Freelon, an African American Architect who's work is among the best anywhere. I doubt Adjaye would have gotten it without them or the late Max Bond's plan.


Joseph Auld
Friday, April 24, 2009
Coming from a black american, I wonder where are the prominent (living) black architects in America. It always hurst when an "out of towner" comes in and wins competitions, even if they are from the same race. It just shows that we have work to do.

flossy pinkstone
new york city
Monday, April 27, 2009
thank you joseph auld

i nominate gordon kipping architect
from new york city

this is the trend started with hi tech
workers in california now it's reaching the

it is the view with USA corporations and
foundations now that if you hire a
foreigner that that is good, it is proof
of being a "global" player

however most of these overseas architects
are well known precisely because their own
countries support them and give them opportunities to build in their own countries.

see any irony here

also Nota Bene the smithsonian was started with money from a chap from Great Britian who saw great promise in america and americans.

too bad our own Museums, Foundations, and Corporations don't see it that way.

Sunday, June 07, 2009
I’m sorry but the freggon joint looks like upside-down ashtrays, like the one’s in a club called O’dell’s in B-more MD I used to hang in 80’s I’m sorry it looks tacky as a warehouse converted into a Tacky poll dancer want to be high class late night pick-up club Or an airport landing tower complete with curb-side taxi cabs and rented limos with cigarette buts, spit and chewing gum all over the sidewalk …… this is actually shameful to except this dump that looks to be torn down in 3 years to make way for a parking lot! Man o man another airport right on the Mall WHY LORD WHY? Do we as tax payers have to except this dump there is a movie called My Architect (my-architect-3.jpg) look at that structure it has the looks that is will be here a 100 years from now! That’s what the Black Museum should look like not this Chinese soup dish WHY O GOD WHY??? This is an embarrassment to black people AGAIN!!! Please scrap this joint.

Monday, June 08, 2009
I think is a nice addition to the washington dc mall. It has that bling, bling effect..


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