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National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC)

Washington, DC

Occupying the last available space on the National Mall, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC) is situated prominently between the National Museum of American History and 15th Street, next to the Washington Monument. When it opens to the public in 2015, the NMAAHC will feature exhibition space for African American history and culture, as well as a centerpiece venue for ceremonies and performances. The facility will look unlike any other structure on the Mall. The bronze and glass-panel façade, known as the Corona, is a representation of traditional African architecture using modern materials and will visually define the museum. The Corona will hang from the top of the museum with no intermediate support. The museum’s five above-grade levels will be supported by four concrete towers linked at the top by steel trusses. Below grade, the project includes three cast-in-place concrete levels: a mechanical level, a concourse level, and a mezzanine level.

Highlights

 

Project Details

Client
Smithsonian Institution
Size
400 square feet
Services Performed

New construction

Awards
  • American Institute of Steel Construction National Award - Greater Than $75 Million
  • National Association of I O P Best of the Best Award
  • National Association of I O P Best Institutional Facility
  • OCAA USA 2017 Special Award
  • 2016 Project of the year (Construction Dive Magazine).
  • 2016 Top Five Coolest Building in the world (Construction Connect).
  • 2016 The Best Architecture of the year (The Wall Street Journal)
  • 2016 Top 10 Architecture of the year (LA Times).
  • 2016 The Art project of the Year (NY Times).
  • 2016 Cultural Event of the Year (NY Times).
  • 2016 Top 6 Best Construction Time-lapse Videos (Constructionjunkie.com).
  • 2016 Annual AIA|DC Chapter Award for Excellence in Architecture
  • 2017 AISC’s IDEAS2 National Award (the highest award given by the U.S. steel industry) for excellence in building design using structural steel.
  • 2017 Design Awards (Wallpaper Magazine).
  • 2017 AISC’s IDEAS2 National Award (the highest award given by the U.S. steel industry) for excellence in building design using structural steel.
  • 2017 Design Awards (Wallpaper Magazine).
  • 2017 Gold Building Team Award from Building design and Construction magazine
  • 2017 Public Building Architect, AYA , BD Architect Award of the year
  • Craftsmanship awards from The Washington Building Congress (WBC):