Six Teams Compete to Design National Museum of African American History and Culture
Friday, March 27, 2009; 4:39 PM
Today the Smithsonian Institution is unveiling six models from award-winning architecture teams who are competing to design the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will occupy a five-acre plot near the Washington Monument and the National Museum of American History.
Submissions were received from Devrouax & Purnell/Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. I.M. Pei designed the East Building of the National Gallery of Art. Foster and Partners/URS is another team. Sir Norman Foster designed the Kogod Courtyard of the Smithsonian's Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture.
Other teams are Diller Scofidio + Renfro in association with KlingStubbins; the Freelon Group, Adjaye Associates and David Brody Bond in association with SmithGroup; and Moody Nolan in association with Antoine Predock Architect. Moshe Safie and Associates, along with Sultan Campbell Britt & Associates round out the competition.
The architectural teams are not scheduled to be present for today's news conference.
The museum is expected to cost $500 million, with Congress paying half and the rest coming from private funds.
The models will be displayed in the Smithsonian Castle until April 6 for public comments. An 11-member jury, selected by the Smithsonian, will make the final selection next month.