David Adjaye re: National Museum of African American History & Culture

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Occupying the last available site on the Mall, D.C.’s National Museum of African American History and Culture is an important landmark for the country.                                 Photographed by Andrew Moore, Vogue, July 2016

Before going inside, he points out what he calls the “oculus,” a circular raised platform at the west entrance through whose glass windows you can see the room below. “We found out that this spot was once a slave market, right on the Mall,”  he says. “The oculus is like a slave pedestal, levitated off the ground. I’ve tried to make every decision here have some history.”

More via interview in Vogue

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