David Adjaye's African American history museum crowned Design of the Year 2017 -min
The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture has been named Design of the Year for 2017, after being described by judges as a “major turning point” in architecture.
Designed by architect David Adjaye, the African American history museum in Washington DC is the overall winner of the Beazley Designs of the Year 2017 competition, an awards programme organised by the Design Museum in London. Completed in August 2016, the museum was designed by Adjaye Associates in partnership with US firms Davis Brody Bond, The Freelon Group and SmithGroupJJR.
The design comprises three stacked volumes – each covered in bronze plates perforated with patterns that reference the history of African American craftsmanship. It also includes a triple-height gallery and theatre set underground. It was announced winner in a ceremony at the Design Museum on 25 January 2018. According to the judges, it was selected for its role as a “reminder that design enables a diverse conversation and can challenge the dominant political discourse”.