With clients in Kenya (Lady Lori luxury helicopter charter services, for whom we act as Editor for their website blog) and as the Trustee of a largely Africa focussed charity foundation (The GREAT Initiative) both myself and all at The English Group – one of whom’s father also farms there – all take an active interest in the social and cultural development of the continent, so it’s interesting to see this new project from British architect David Adjaye.
Construction will begin this week on the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC designed by Adjaye.
Adjaye Associates teamed up with American architects The Freelon Group and Davis Brody Bond to win the design competition for the museum back in 2009, under the collaborative name Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup (FAB).
Sited beside the National Museum of American History and the Washington Monument, the museum will accommodate more than half of its volume below ground.
Bronze plates will cover the tiered exterior of the building, perforated in patterns that reference the history of African American craftsmanship.
The museum is scheduled to open in 2015.