"This building will sing for all of us." - Lonnie G. Bunch Founding Director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture
A mist all the heartache and turmoil many African Americans have faced recently and for that matter decades there is finally something to celebrate! The National Museum of African American History opened this past September to quite the fan fair and rave reviews from those who where lucky enough to get tickets. (p.s. tickets are sold out until April 2017 last time I checked)
Although I am eager to visit and experience the museum exhibits I couldn't help but to be captivated by its architecture. It's dynamic concept and design draws inspiration from African History. Filling 5 acres on the Mall on Washington this structure is breathtakingly beautiful.
April 2009 | International Competition Winner Announced
February 2012 | Groundbreaking
September 24, 2016 | Opening Day
Lead Designer | David Adjaye
Lead Architect | Philip Freelon
First Smithsonian Museum to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification.
Greco-Roman | Classical form inspired by the three-tiered crowns used in Yoruban art from West Africa
The Porch | The main entrance is thought of as a welcoming porch pulling from the architectural roots in Africa
Ironwork | An ornamental bronze-colored metal lattice makes up the building's fenestration paying homage to the intricate ironwork that was crafted by enslaved African Americans in Louisiana, South Carolina, and elsewhere
Openness | Its openness to light is symbolic for a museum that seeks to stimulate open dialogues about race and to help promote reconciliation and healing.
This building is a testament to not only our past history but the culturally creative collective we have been and always will be.
Absolutely breathtaking right!?
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