Smithsonian Chooses Black History Museum Designer

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The architectural group responsible for San Francisco’s Museum of the African Diaspora will design the new black history museum on the National Mall in Washington.

A Smithsonian Institution jury announced the pick Tuesday. The firm Freelon Adjaye Bond in association with SmithGroup proposed a layered, glowing structure topped with a bronze crown.

The lead designer will be David Adjaye, who designed the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver.

The institution will be called the National Museum of African American History and Culture. It could be the final museum added to the expanse between the U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument.

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