Already iconic David Adjayes black history museum wins design of the year

first_img Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Other winners include a new process of “rapid liquid printing” from the MIT lab, a super-fast form of 3D printing designed for large-scale products; and the Scewo stair-climbing wheelchair, which topped the transport category. The product award went to an ink made from air pollution, the graphics section celebrated an issue of the New York Times magazine, and the fashion prize went to the Nike Pro hijab, “designed to change the face of sport for Muslim women”, even though Muslim women have been wearing hijabs to do sports for years.The exhibition of Beazley Designs of the Year is at the Design Museum, London, until 18 February This article is more than 1 year old Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 26 Jan 2018 8:12 Share on WhatsApp Report 27 Jan 2018 0:41 Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Facebook Reply Share Standing proudly on the Mall in Washington DC, looking like a shimmering bronze pagoda, the National Museum of African American History and Culture has been named design of the year 2017. It is only the second time in the award’s 10-year history that a building has taken the title, following on from Zaha Hadid’s 2014 win for the Heydar Aliev centre in Azerbaijan – a decision that sparked protest over allegations of forced evictions and human rights abuses.This year’s winner – the work of four practices though often credited to Britain’s Sir David Adjaye, as he was the creative force behind its genesis – stands as a gleaming temple of abuses of a different kind. The museum’s emotionally charged basement charts the horrific treatment suffered by African Americans over the centuries, with leg irons, whipping posts and slave auction blocks graphically spotlit, as visitors are taken through the history of the struggle for racial equality, rising to the sunnier upper levels of funk, soul, hip-hop and contemporary art.Arguably the most celebrated black architect in the world, British-Ghanaian Adjaye was knighted last year and listed in Time magazine’s list of 100 most influential people. For the DC building he brought his trademark approach of drawing on African motifs, with a form inspired by the headpieces of Yoruba sculpture from west Africa, and the filigree metal cladding referring to the decorative ironwork found on houses in Charleston and New Orleans, made by slave craftsmen. Report Twitter Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. 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Hummmmm 19 20 Reply | Pick Architecture Twitter Share | Pick ID133757 Twitter SeaNote mikedow Share on Twitter Share Share Twitter Share Reuse this content,View all comments > Share Order by oldest Twitter Report Reply Share on Twitter Facebook Twitter 26 Jan 2018 8:33 15 16 3 Facebook 4 5 26 Jan 2018 8:16 1 Facebook Facebook Loading comments… Trouble loading? wampwamp | Pick Share on Facebook Twitter Facebook Share Share on Twitter Facebook Share on Twitter Report Share on Facebook ….Zaha Hadid’s 2014 win for the Heydar Aliev centre in Azerbaijan – a decision that sparked protest over allegations of forced evictions and human rights abuses….Hhmm, no you can’t reconcile those two things. mikedow Facebook 14 15 Ghiro Ghirone Show 16 more replies Museums Share Share on Facebook Facebook Share Twitter Twitter Share on Twitter Report Facebook paradiselost2 Kidd Share on Twitter My local library is a David Adjaye building. It’s awful. The functionality fails in basic ways. Facebook 1 2 Facebook DogsLivesMatter They need a number of these in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. Show 2 more replies simeonbanner henry hobson Facebook | Pick Isn’t it about time we had something like this in Britain? 35 36 This is an impressive building, especially so when juxtaposed amongst the other buildings and museums nearby. It really needs to seen in it’s environment to be appreciated. Reply Ghiro Ghirone Share on Twitter | Pick MayorHoberMallow Share on Twitter | Pick Facebook simeonbanner Looking at your profile it is no surprise to see you are a Brexiter. I bet when black actors appear on TV you sneer they only got the role because they’re black. Awards and prizes DogsLivesMatter You mean it doesn’t fit in at all “juxtaposed”. | Pick Facebook | Pick Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Report If one wanted to build a monument “in the capital city of the country that did so much to hurt and exploit a minority group”, we would have to bulldoze central London. Let us not go there. Report Report Share Facebook 12 13 No, the opposite of what you are trying to say. Reply He does hit that town once in awhile. Share on Facebook Shrimpandgrits bastu 11 12 | Pick Facebook Report Share on Facebook 26 Jan 2018 12:27 Share on Twitter Erm in short the building won an award for best design but the writer thinks the judges were wrong. I think the writer should have told us about other entries and why they deserve the award and not just praise “exterior design” then turn around and say it doesn’t merit the award. May I also ask, were the judges required to arrive at a decision based on the buildings interior? Report Share Report Report This is something that has often struck me about Adjaye buildings – he comes up with some great concepts and designs but often seems to lack the attention to detail needed to turn them into great buildings. In fairness to him, all the issues you describe above may well have been caused by decisions made by others, but these sorts of issues seem to crop up often. An architect like Foster works hard at every little detail and the build quality of his projects reflects that. Adjaye too often seems to get bored once he’s developed his conceptual work into a nice design. Twitter | Pick Skreetle Ghiro Ghirone alazygirlonabike Report Twitter Share on Facebook Derivate tbh. Cranfied University Library springs to mind. However, the content and artifacts of the museum are beyond price, and our generation and society have an obligation to preserve forever. Facebook Virtue singnal award, red tickit CordTrousers Reply 26 Jan 2018 15:57 | Pick MayorHoberMallow Share on Twitter Share 26 Jan 2018 11:14 16 17 Did you notice that tremendously huge obelisk right next door? The one that doesn’t look anything like anything else in urban DC, let alone an airport terminal? Or for that matter, the Lincoln Memorial, also nearby, that also doesn’t look like an airport terminal. My local library is a David Adjaye building. It’s awful. The functionality fails in basic ways. Just like this museum, it’s wrapped in glass. It’s boiling in summer, freezing in winter. The air con systems can’t overcome the natural seasons. The floors are loud. They are raised up so that every tile can be lifted and cables run beneath. The trouble is this design creates echos and constant thumps as people walk around. Don’t forget, this is a library! Outside are escalators that are permanently out of order. The reason being the extra entrances/exits require staff to man them. It’s cheaper to keep them closed. It was a frivolous to think a council would happily spend money on adding extra entrances. All the entrances are close to each other, on the same side of the building too! Unnecessary. I’ve also heard the library has trouble getting people using it because the design and signage don’t signal clearly enough that it’s a library. Twitter DogsLivesMatter Report | Pick It looks a bit like a mecanoo building. Only with very clunky detailing. 26 Jan 2018 9:11 Report Hummmmm Share on Facebook 26 Jan 2018 15:41 From the extererior it looks like a large brown box that is rather inhuman in scale, like the buildings it sits amongst, which also look to be designed at the scale of the automobile rather than the pedestrian. It looks more impressive illuminated at night but overall, I’d be surprised if it is destined to become an iconic piece of architecture. Have you been to DC? I would not agree with this at all. a monstrosity of monstrous proportions Share Share on Twitter paradiselost2 Kidd 26 Jan 2018 16:42 Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter Share CordTrousers Twitter Washington DC Jahovason Reply Comments 151 2 3 Twitter Share on Twitter Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook Mike Rotten Share JayThomas 7 8 | Pick Twitter Reply 26 Jan 2018 7:48 Share on Twitter Share on Twitter 8 9 Email (optional) Facebook Facebook Mike Rotten Show 2 more replies Twitter Share | Pick Share on Twitter Share Facebook | Pick 3 Twitter Report It must be spectacular inside, because from the outside, it looks like a rather ordinary airport terminal. Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 26 Jan 2018 7:47 12 13 Share Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Twitter | Pick Reply 13 14 This article is more than 1 year old Twitter | Pick Reply | Pick Twitter Twitter | Pick Reply Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter Twitter 50 | Pick Share on Twitter Twitter I can only say that as a visitor I found this to be an inviting and remarkable structure. The interior, the exhibits and the story they tell are utterly outstanding. irritatedreader | Pick Report Reply Share on Twitter Reply Shrimpandgrits Twitter Report 27 Jan 2018 0:05 DogsLivesMatter In DC, I lived across the street from the Madison building of the Library of Congress. The Madison building was described to me as the box that the Kennedy Center came in. Facebook Share on Messenger Hummmmm Facebook Reply Share on Facebook ‘Already iconic’: David Adjaye’s black history museum wins design of the year | Pick Reply Share on Facebook Mike Rotten HiramsMaxim Grandad? So does the museum, that is literally its point. 22 23 26 Jan 2018 17:22 Facebook Since you’re here… 26 Jan 2018 8:32 | Pick Shrimpandgrits Twitter recommendations Show 25 Report | Pick 0 1 Reply Share on Facebook 26 Jan 2018 6:37 Reply ElmerPhudd Twitter curious_in_uk 26 Jan 2018 16:14 henry hobson 26 Jan 2018 7:08 10 11 Share | Pick Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Share on Facebook andytheengineer 26 Jan 2018 16:05 Report Share Share on Twitter collapsed 5 6 Reply Reply Share expanded HiramsMaxim Report Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn wampwamp hmm . . . Share on Facebook I think it looks awesome. To be frank, it could be housed in a barn as far as I’m concerned, so long as – somewhere in the capital city of the country that did so much to hurt and exploit a minority group – there is a building dedicated to providing testimony and evidence of that shameful period. Hummmmm Twitter | Pick Facebook Reply | Pick Share on Facebook Facebook They got rid of the ‘People’s Palace’ in Berlin, which didn’t look too dissimilar. Guess it’s all a matter of what’s fashionable. CommieGorilla Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Twitter Reply Twitter epincion Share Report henry hobson Speak4Self Share simeonbanner 26 Jan 2018 13:39 | Pick Share on Facebook A 100-year campaign … the NMAAHC on the Mall.Photograph: – Share 26 Jan 2018 7:29 Report Share on Twitter 6 7 Share on Facebook Report Reply bAnDoLeRo Share Facebook 5 6 Facebook Share on Facebook 23 24 Report Report Facebook Nz Decking Share on Twitter Share Reply Report it’s in Washington so who knows. 26 Jan 2018 6:48 Report Reply Share on Twitter Facebook Facebook 26 Jan 2018 12:19 So much deeply wrong with this Share These comments are rather downbeat and negative . Having visited last summer, I would just like to say that it is a stunning building which serves its function as a museum very well . It is simple in structure with three main tiers, the shape apparently was inspired by Yoruba crowns. Delicate lace -like detailing provides contrast and the dark colour is suitably sombre. The interior is quite simple and there is a straight- forward plan. Most importantly, the design doesn’t distract the visitor from the displays. Is he likely to be invited? Report Share on Twitter Reply | Pick Share Share on Facebook PlantPhotonics 420 | Pick Twitter Twitter did they build it upside down on purpose ? 15 16 oldest Striking sight … the museum and its neighbours on the Mall. Photograph: Alan Karchmer 42 43 Facebook Reply | Pick 0 1 Twitter 10 11 Twitter Share on Facebook Share Share on Facebook 100 Report 2 3 If African-Americans and blacks from around the globe are pleased, then that is more than good enough for me! Facebook Facebook Its a worthy winner in a strong field. However I am relieved it won because if it had not then progressives (and no doubt the Guardian) would have been using gallons of ink bemoaning bias and hidden racism of the jury. Share Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter Reply newest Reply paradiselost2 Kidd Share on Facebook simeonbanner arab traders served as middlemen between African slave dealers ans white purchasers lets be sure to spread the responsibility around 26 Jan 2018 7:43 Share on Twitter You can’t escape such thinking, I can. | Pick Twitter Design Share 1 2 Share on Twitter Report Share on Twitter 7 8 Share on Facebook Reply 26 Jan 2018 10:43 Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp Share on Twitter While it is impossible to fit the story of an entire people into a 29,000 sq metre building, the $540m complex does well. The NMAAHC won for more than just its design, though. As David Rowan, chair of the judging panel at London’s Design Museum, puts it: “Not only is this a striking and already iconic structure at the heart of America’s capital, it’s the realisation of an entire century of planning, rejection, political opposition and finally collaborative execution.”The building is in fact the product of a 100-year campaign for a “National Negro Memorial”. Continually blocked by Congress, the final form of the project makes a bold addition to America’s front lawn, joining a long line of white stone monuments that mainly celebrate the achievements of white men, and were frequently built using black labour. Reply Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 7 8 Facebook Don’t worry Mike.We can tell exactly where YOU stand. | Pick Share on Facebook Pinterest Race 26 Jan 2018 7:04 Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment Jahovason Shrimpandgrits 2 3 Facebook Twitter 26 Jan 2018 8:20 lingyai Share Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Report Share on Twitter Thu 25 Jan 2018 17.25 EST Reply Share Reply Share on Twitter 26 Jan 2018 15:53 Pioneer … a statue of Clara Brown, who was born a slave in Virginia around 1800, but established a successful laundry business after being freed. Photograph: Susan Walsh/AP He seems to do no wrong. I doubt The Donald will be at the inauguration. Share 2 3 Share on Twitter Twitter Share 26 Jan 2018 9:33 423314N830458W 26 Jan 2018 12:17 Twitter The building and the museum are well intentioned. I helped my housekeeper and her church organize a bus tour, but I question the apartheidal assumption at the base of the museum. kafkafan Facebook Share Twitter Share on Facebook Twitter | Pick 26 Jan 2018 8:34 7 8 Facebook Share on Facebook Share 16 17 news | Pick Facebook Facebook JayThomas Share on Facebook 26 Jan 2018 9:48 What?Oh, shit!Bubba held the plans upside down.Should we start again, or do you think anyone will notice? 27 Jan 2018 1:01 2 3 26 Jan 2018 17:53 0 1 | Pick Share on Facebook Twitter 26 Jan 2018 6:54 Report Reply paradiselost2 Kidd CommieGorilla Report Share 2 3 4 5 Shrimpandgrits Twitter Share on Facebook Report Twitter Shares501501 Report simeonbanner 26 Jan 2018 16:09 Reply mikedow Share | Pick DonkeyLogic Report Share on Twitter Report Report Share on Facebook henry hobson 18 19 | Pick 2 3 Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook 26 Jan 2018 14:02 Share | Pick Report Share on Twitter Twitter Share Oliver Wainwright Reply Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other Share | Pick Share Share on Facebook Share on Facebook simeonbanner The four firms behind the museum are headed by architects of predominantly African American heritage, a rarity in what is a white-dominated profession. Phil Freelon was the lead architect, with project leader Zena Howard responsible for the interior from the ground floor up. The practice of the late J Max Bond, a pioneer among black architects, handled the interiors below ground, while SmithGroup masterminded the envelope and foundations.The museum is a striking sight, changing its character as you move around it, shimmering like a golden crown in some lights, glowering as a menacing brown ziggurat in others. Although defiantly “other”, it makes conscious nods to its context: the angle of the three tiers is the same as the tip of the neighbouring Washington Monument, while arrow-slit windows are sliced into its facade to line up with other key memorials.It generally holds together but, as you navigate the sprawling interior, it sometimes feels like a case of too many cooks. The gaps where the respective contracts don’t quite meet are tangible, from the cumbersome steel structure holding up the facade, to the expanses of grey plasterboard walls and suspended ceiling tiles. Meanwhile, the impact of specially framed vistas to nearby monuments is lessened by clunky fixings.Is it the best thing designed in 2017? Probably not. The inclusion of architecture in the Beazley designs of the year is questionable in the first place, given that the judges don’t actually visit the buildings on the shortlist, but make their decision based on photographs and models. By contrast, entries in the other categories – fashion, graphics, transport, digital – can mostly be experienced at full scale. Share on Twitter Report Looks good enough to me. comments (151)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. | Pick 9 10 Cotebasques Heritage Reply Facebook Reply | Pick 26 Jan 2018 13:25 The British architect and four practices triumph for their bold addition to the Washington DC Mall, inspired by African sculpture and chronicling slave history. Is it a worthy winner? Ah, are we trying the standard biffer bleat? 1 2 What, as here’s mud in your eye to racist US President? Or is it the rise and rise of racist/fascist right whinge? Twitter 25 26 Nor the fact that many Africans became extremely rich capturing and selling those that looked like them to the Europeans. Reply Reply Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Facebook It should be like this to blend into the urban space of this part of Washington DC. The facade or even it’s exterior is the Washington DC factor, not the African American one. | Pick Close report comment form HiramsMaxim Twitter 14 15 irritatedreader Reply Share on Twitter Facebook 26 Jan 2018 6:43 Share @ollywainwright AberdeenSTE Report Share on Facebook 31 32 26 Jan 2018 10:30 beckythatcher 26 Jan 2018 14:00 Reply Share Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Report Twitter Threads collapsed Share on Twitter | Pick 26 Jan 2018 12:05 JayThomas Share Report Share via Email Reply Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Twitter 26 Jan 2018 17:25 | Pick Last modified on Thu 22 Feb 2018 11.26 EST Report Facebook Facebook Show 2 more replies Virtue singnal award, red tickit Topics Report Share on Twitter Norsked The British architect and four practices triumph for their bold addition to the Washington DC Mall, inspired by African sculpture and chronicling slave history. Is it a worthy winner? Share on Twitter Twitter 7 8 Report Report pretty good, imho, it turned out well.Don’t know about the “Yoruba Crown” bit – that might be dung Share baggins45 Design Share on Twitter 26 Jan 2018 7:38 26 Jan 2018 16:34 Report Twitter Reply Reply Facebook | Pick Reply Share Nz Decking Reply 26 Jan 2018 8:09 baggins45 Twitter 26 Jan 2018 12:17 Report Share on Facebook 10 11 31 32 Facebook 26 Jan 2018 13:59 Share on Facebook | Pick Share on Twitter 317east SeaNote Twitter 3 4 26 Jan 2018 13:27 3 4 26 Jan 2018 6:41 Share on Facebook Reply | Pick Pinterest 0 1 | Pick 7 8 Share | Pick | Pick Reply Share 2 unthreaded Share 25 I think it looks like a big airport terminal in the top picture and there’s a bit of ‘agricultural building’ going on in the second (daytime / aerial ) photo.. Iconic..? Maybe.. Of something.. alazygirlonabike Share on Facebook | Pick 26 Jan 2018 10:02 26 Jan 2018 8:08 26 Jan 2018 15:40 6 7 Share on Twitter Share Share on Facebook Reply Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Twitter Reply Report The Eye has a pedantry corner, where I deserve a seat, if not yet a dunce’s cap. Viewing the museum building, I do not espy a “point”, much less a “literal” point. Whack me over my butt, that’s where I hurt best. All Share via Email Not the least is the fact that the British, along with Dutch and Spanish, brought the first Slaves to America. curious_in_uk Show 3 more replies Reply 4 5 Facebook Share on Twitter Share Report Report 26 Jan 2018 7:15 26 Jan 2018 14:30 StonerKommentariat Twitter Okay, I just looked at that building, I just looked at some Yoruba sculptures, can someone now point out the correlation? It looks more like a supermax penitentiary. Facebook Reply Great, do you want a special badge or something? Twitter 1 | Pick 3 4 Report Report 2 Its not offensively bad, but it does look rather like they left the scaffolding on. Bit of a harsh contrast with everything else in DC (which is mostly white marble and limestone) but I suppose that was the intent. One can’t help but think that the award was predetermined, given the current climate. Facebook Facebook 5 6 Reason (optional) We do its in Brixton London, check it out. Report Share on Twitter View more commentslast_img

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