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David Adjaye lands new Smithsonian Museum in Washington

A team led by David Adjaye has been selected for the new $500 million Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

The team, which consists of Adjaye Associates,  The Freelon Group and Davis Brody Bond saw off competition from five other firms including Foster + Partners to design the building, which will be located on a 2ha plot next to the Washington Monument on Constitution Avenue.

Other firms that submitted designs were: Devrouax + Purnell, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Moody Nolan and Moshe Safdie and Associates.

Construction is expected to begin in 2012, and the museum will open to the public in 2015.

Museum director Lonnie Bunch said: ‘I am pleased to have the opportunity to work with this talented team. Their vision and spirit of collaboration moved all members of the design competition jury. I am confident that they will give us a building that will be an important addition to the National Mall and to the architecture of this city.’

Max Bond, who was collaborating with David Adjaye on the competition, died on 18 February. Working together was ‘a real honour’ said Adjaye, who saluted Bond’s ‘generous and collaborative spirit’.

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