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NCPC staff updated the Commission on the concept designs by Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup that were submitted for review by the Smithsonian Institution. Following the staff presentation the Commission provided favorable comments on the museum’s concept plans, commending the Smithsonian for coordinating extensively on the museum’s design with NCPC staff and other stakeholder agencies, an effort members said resulted in a better scaled and more efficient museum.
The Smithsonian and design team started with three different design concepts and blended and modified them to develop the current design. The most noticeable changes include a reduction in the size of the Corona and a change in the museum’s placement on the site. These improvements helped retain views of the Washington Monument from Constitution Avenue and improve access across the museum site.
“The National Museum of African American History and Culture will be a significant addition to the National Mall,” said NCPC Chairman L. Preston Bryant, Jr. “This design, although still in concept phase, is a positive example of how modern architecture can be successfully integrated into the landscape of a historic setting. As stewards of many of the most treasured places in the nation’s capital, NCPC looks forward to guiding the project through its subsequent design phases. Upon completion, I’ve no doubt this project will enable current and future generations to celebrate the important contributions of African Americans to the nation.”
The Commission anticipates seeing preliminary plans for the museum in spring 2011, to be followed by final plans at a date to be determined. Construction is expected to begin in 2012 and last for three years. Watch our video to learn more about the presentation and discussion.