Inspired by the African tradition of carving a grave from within a Baobab trunk as repository for the remains of important community members, the Memorial can be seen as a hollowed-out tree trunk. Its voided interior 30 meters high, 20 meters in diameter and open to the elements through an oculus 5 meters in diameter, it will be more suggestive of a womb than a grave.
The Freelon Adjaye Bond design team, which linked up with SmithGroup in D.C., has the winning design for the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. Its angular basket-shape appearance has a copper exterior that changes color as the day progresses.
David Adjaye, lead designer of the the team of Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup, is selected to design the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.