The museum, designed as a collaboration between Davis Brody Bond, Adjaye Associates, The Freelon Group, and SmithGroup, features a collection of significant artifacts from various moments in American history, set on the last open plot of land on The National Mall as part of the Smithsonian Institution. The museum is slated to open in 2015.
Located on Constitution Avenue, adjacent to the National Museum of American History and the Washington Monument, the museum will house exhibit galleries, administrative spaces, theatre space and collections storage space for the NMAAHC. The design rests on three cornerstones: the “corona” shape and form of the building; the extension of the building out into the landscape – the porch; and the bronze filigree envelope.
Situated on the Washington Monument grounds the museum maintains a subtle profile in the landscape – more than half is below ground – with five storeys above. The corona is based on elements
One-Storey House Designed Within the Landscape Contex: Villa Sterk