Architectural diversity on Washington’s National Mall is in full flower.
WASHINGTON — From day one, the American capital was designed as a city of the future, even if the architecture was rooted in the past. Now, after more than two centuries, history is loosening its grip.
Contemporary forces of globalism, advanced technology and sustainability are rattling the pillars of classicism. Greco-Roman monuments are still comfortable on the National Mall, but the door to diversity has been opened.
For the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, opening in September, the London architect David Adjaye has introduced Yoruban architecture from West Africa directly opposite the classical obelisk of the Washington Monument. The museum’s dark, brooding facade opposite the white obelisk of the Washington Monument gives it the power of an earthquake on the Mall.
“I think some people were shocked,” Mr. Adjaye said by telephone from London, recalling his first presentation. “Some people were incredibly delighted.”
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