€And the Winner Is€ - Design Team Chosen to Build New Museum

Larry Saxton | 4/21/2009, 4:21 p.m.

€We wanted a team that would be governed by the work and spirit of the late Dr. John Hope Franklin, and that would design for us a signature green building that will be complimentary to the monuments and will enhance the architectural presence in this city,€ said Museum Director and jury chair Lonnie Bunch. Then he announced the winning architectural team of Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup, chosen to design the National Museum of African American History and Culture, to be located on the National Mall.

Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup has an extensive portfolio of award-winning architectural designs including the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture in Baltimore, the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, the Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver, Rivington Place in East London, and the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo. The principals of the team are Philip Freelon, Harold Davis, Jr., Peter Cook and lead designer, David Adjaye.

Describing his concept of the design for the new museum Adjaye said, €The inspiration for this project was one of celebrating an incredible journey and looking into the future. This project is really about this crown that sits on this elevated mound, which can be thought of as a porch; a place to invite people to come, see the content and learn.€

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture was created in 2003 by an Act of Congress. It will be the Smithsonian€s 19th museum, the last to be built on the national mall and the only national museum devoted exclusively to the preservation and documentation of African American life, art, history and culture. The museum will be built on a five-acre site on Constitution Avenue between 14th and 15th streets, N.W.

€The National Museum of African American History and Culture, through its historic place on the mall next to the Washington Monument and close to the White House and the Lincoln Memorial, will tell the essential part of the American story, the triumph, and the tragedy,€ said Wayne Clough, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.

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