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National Museum of African American History & Culture



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National Museum of African American History & Culture : NMAAHC
NMAAHC Building News + Architecture Competition Info – design by Freelon Adjaye Bond Smith Group, architects
Sep 24, 2016
National Museum of African American History & Culture Building Opening
NMAAHC Building Opening in Washington D.C.
Davis Brody Bond Completes Design of Signature Spaces at The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture, Washington D.C.

Renowned firm creates museum’s centerpieces including History Gallery, Contemplative Court and Oprah Winfrey Theater

New York, NY (September 24, 2016) – Davis Brody Bond announces the completion of The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). Davis Brody Bond, one of the founding members of the project’s design team Freelon Adjaye Bond | SmithGroup, has designed over 60 percent of the museum, focusing on the below grade architecture.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture located on the National Mall is the only national museum devoted to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. The Museum will open to the public tomorrow, September 24, 2016.

“We are one firm of many that have contributed to the success of this historic project,” said Robert Anderson, Lead Architect, Davis Brody Bond who directed the design of NMAAHC’s centerpiece, the 50,000 square foot History Gallery and accompanying Contemplative Court.
“We are both humbled and honored to be entrusted with designing a museum in America’s front lawn. High praise goes to the people that lived the history along with its caretaker Dr. Lonnie G. Bunch III, the museum’s Founding Director. We’ve helped translate his words and vision into physical space and material.”

Other key interior spaces designed by Davis Brody Bond include the 350 seat concert class Oprah Winfrey Theater, caf, the changing exhibition gallery and the curatorial departments, collections and back-of-house spaces that form the operating core of the museum.

Prior to the design competition Davis Brody Bond established the Master Facility Planning and Program Study for the NMAAHC in collaboration with The Freelon Group, which was completed in 2008 and became the criteria for the building design.

The firm’s late partner J. Max Bond, Jr. worked closely with museum leadership and was instrumental in realizing the design criteria. Soon after, Adjaye Associates joined to form the current design team responsible for delivering the 400,000 square foot building.

The spaces in the below grade scope are incredibly diverse and showcase Davis Brody Bond’s intimate knowledge and capability in navigating complex building program, drawn from the firm’s work on the internationally acclaimed National September 11 Memorial Museum at the ...
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