The new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC wins the first prize at the Beazley Design of the Year 2017 in the Architecture category
A project by Adjaye Associates, in partnership with The Freelon Group, Davis Brody Bond and SmithGroup JJR, the African-American museum of history and culture is located in Washington, near the White House.
Designed by the Afro-British architect Sir David Adjaye (born in Tanzania in 1966, he lives between London and New York and has several offices in the world), the NMAACH, in addition to being a building of great impact (310,000 square feet of galleries and theaters, and an amazing coating made with 3,600 bronze-colored cast aluminum panels), is the first cultural institution in the United States dedicated to African-American culture:
“Much more than a building, it is the result of a century of struggles”, says Sir David Adjaye
Inaugurated by Barack Obama in September 2016, the museum is in fact a cultural symbol, a bridge between two civilizations.
Acclaimed worldwide, the project was the winner at the Beazley Designs of the Year organized by the Design Museum in London.
“David Adjaye’s Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC not only is a striking and already iconic structure in the heart of US capital, but it’s the realization of an entire century of planning, rejection, political opposition and finally collaborative execution. But the building, opened by Barack Obama in September 2016, is also a powerful reminder that design enables a diverse conversation and can challenge the dominant political discourse” – said David Rowan, Editor at Large of Wired Magazine UK and chair of the Beazley jury panel, at the inauguration ceremony.
Now in its tenth edition, the Beazley Designs of the Year annually identifies 60 international projects divided into six categories – architecture, digital design, fashion, graphics, product and transports.