National Museum of African American History and Culture by David Adjaye

To represent the past, present and future of a people is a role entrusted to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Without a building, the museum has existed through travelling exhibitions since 2003, but an important milestone has finally been reached with the announcement of a winning design. Where cities have fallen victim to haughty structures that lack contextual integrity, Washington, D.C. will welcome its forthcoming landmark which successfully takes familiar materials and points them in a new direction. Taking residence on the National Mall, the new museum doesn’t aim to be monumental, but it does aim to signify the monumental journey of the people to whom it is dedicated.