130 William skyscraper for New York will be “great for drones” says David Adjaye

British architect David Adjaye has spoken about the design decisions behind his textured concrete skyscraper for Manhattan, as more details and renderings of the project are released. Located at 130 William Street, the residential tower will feature facades textured with lumpy hand-cast concrete all the way up to its peak. This will make the high-rise

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Adjaye, Ingels and Chipperfield reveal shortlisted designs for Adelaide Contemporary gallery

David Adjaye, Bjarke Ingels and David Chipperfield are among the big-name architects vying to design new art museum in Adelaide, Australia. Adelaide Contemporary is set to become a landmark cultural destination for the Australian city, combining exhibition galleries, research facilities and education spaces with a public sculpture park. There are six teams shortlisted to design it, with

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Adjaye and Toogood design affordable prefabricated houses for property start-up

London developer Cube Haus has commissioned Adjaye Associates, Faye Toogood, Skene Catling de la Peña, and Carl Turner Architects to design affordable modular houses for awkward urban sites. The start-up was set up last year with the aim of delivering “high-design value homes at reasonable prices” that can be configured to fit small and awkward urban sites.

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David Adjaye and Michael Van Valkenburgh selected to transform Detroit’s West Riverfront Park

Michael Van Valkenburgh and David Adjaye have won a competition to transform a riverside parcel in Downtown Detroit into a thriving public park, with plans for a beach, multiple pavilions and a small isle for roosting birds. The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy announced yesterday that the British architect and the Brooklyn-based landscape architecture firm triumphed in

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David Adjaye unveils plans for National Cathedral of Ghana in Accra

British architect David Adjaye has revealed designs for a new cathedral in Ghanaian capital Accra, which will host a 5,000-seat auditorium beneath a dramatic concave roof. The cathedral will be Adjaye Associate’s first major project in Accra, where it has previously only worked on private residential projects. The practice is planning to open its own office

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David Adjaye’s spy museum opens in New York

British architect David Adjaye has completed work on New York’s only museum dedicated to espionage, which invites its first visitors to become spies this weekend. Opening today, the interactive Spyscape museum occupies a renovated 60,000-square-foot (5,574-square-metre) building on West 55th Street in Midtown Manhattan, just two blocks away from MoMA. Adjaye’s firm consulted former members

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Eight upcoming David Adjaye projects to look forward to

With the news that David Adjaye’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC has been named Design of the Year for 2017, here’s a look at some of the other impressive projects the architect has coming up, from a spy museum to a memorial to extinct species. Ruby City for Linda Pace Foundation, San

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David Adjaye’s African American history museum crowned Design of the Year 2017

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture has been named Design of the Year for 2017, after being described by judges as a “major turning point” in architecture. Designed by architect David Adjaye, the African American history museum in Washington DC is the overall winner of the Beazley Designs of the Year 2017 competition, an awards programme organised

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David Adjaye updates design for his first New York skyscraper

British architect David Adjaye has released a revised version of his firm’s first New York high-rise: a 66-storey concrete skyscraper in Downtown Manhattan. The newly released official renderings show a much different design to the conceptual images leaked earlier this year, which depicted the skyscraper with golden facades. Instead, the residential tower on William Street in the Financial

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Architectural Association promises to maintain cultural offering as members protest redundancies

The Architectural Association has sought to alleviate concerns that staff cuts will mean the loss of it’s exhibitions and publications departments, as members including David Adjaye and Richard Rogers demand a meeting to reverse the plans. Adjaye and Rogers, along with Kate MacIntosh, Ted Cullinan and Edward Jones, were among 21 signatories of a letter

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David Adjaye’s red library and events complex in Florida wins approval

British architect David Adjaye’s plans to create a “micro village” of red cultural buildings in Florida’s Winter Park have been granted planning permission. Adjaye Associates won approval for the $30 million (£22.7 million) project from the Winter Park City Commission earlier this week. The Winter Park Public Library and Events Center will replace the existing civic

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David Adjaye to design UK Holocaust memorial

British architect David Adjaye has been named the winner of a competition to create the UK’s National Holocaust Memorial in a park near the Houses of Parliament in London. Adjaye Associates is working with Ron Arad Architects on the design of the National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre, which will be located in Victoria Tower Gardens. The architects have

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David Adjaye reveals plans for New York’s first spy museum

British architect David Adjaye has released plans for a museum in New York City dedicated to espionage, featuring dimply lit interiors and self-contained exhibitions in weathering-steel drums. Named Spyscape, the interactive museum will include observation areas, screens and transparencies between floors. In addition to designing the building, Adjaye Associates will also lead the creation for the

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David Adjaye, BIG and Sou Fujimoto compete to build Edinburgh Ross Pavilion

David Adjaye’s temple-like canopy, Bjarke Ingels’ looped auditorium and Sou Fujimoto’s spiralling pathway are among the seven shortlisted proposals for an events pavilion in Edinburgh, Scotland. Flanagan Lawrence, PagePark Architects, Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter and wHY Architecture have also been shortlisted for the Ross Pavilion at West Princes Street Gardens, a public park set below Edinburgh castle.

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Construction starts on David Adjaye’s crimson concrete art museum in Texas

The red concrete art museum that British architect David Adjaye designed for the Linda Pace Foundation is now under construction in San Antonio, Texas. First unveiled in late 2015, the two-storey, 14,000-square-foot (4,300 square metres) building will create a major gallery for the US charity, which boasts a collection of over 800 pieces of contemporary art. It will feature a striking

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Images of New York skyscraper by David Adjaye leaked

Renderings have emerged of The Wall Street Tower, a 61-storey skyscraper designed by British architect David Adjaye for Downtown Manhattan. The residential tower will be the recently knighted architect’s first skyscraper in New York City, and include 244 luxury condominiums. Adjaye designed the project for the Lightstone Group, which published the images on a dedicated website that

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David Adjaye named world’s most influential architect by Time magazine

“Architectural visionary” David Adjaye has been named among Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2017 – and is the only architect to make the list. While last year BIG founder Bjarke Ingels was the sole architect on the prestigious Time 100, this year only British architect Adjaye was recognised. The accolade follows a momentous year for the

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David Adjaye’s African American Museum photographed by Brad Feinknopf

These new images by photographer Brad Feinknopf offer a tour through David Adjaye’s Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened last fall in Washington DC. The museum – often referred to as NMAAHC – was designed by British architect David Adjaye in collaboration with US firms The Freelon Group, Davis Brody Bond and SmithGroupJJR, while

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David Adjaye “embarrassed as a male” that women still need to fight for gender equality

The architecture and design industry still doesn’t provide the same opportunities for both sexes said architect David Adjaye, on the day that hundreds of thousands of women worldwide marched for equal rights. Asked whether his sector was at the forefront of gender equality, the recently knighted British architect replied: “I don’t think we’re leading it at all.” He was speaking

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David Adjaye receives knighthood in New Year’s Honours 2017

British architect David Adjaye is to become Sir David Adjaye after receiving a knighthood for services to architecture in the New Year’s Honours 2017. Adjaye, 50, will receive the Knight Bachelor award as part of the Queen’s biannual honours programme, which recognises the “achievements and service of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom”. The Central Chancery of the Orders

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David Adjaye’s firm to masterplan San Francisco shipyard revitalisation

British firm Adjaye Associates has announced that it will serve as masterplan architect for the redevelopment of The San Francisco Shipyard neighbourhood. The David Adjaye-led studio will work with developer FivePoint to revitalise the waterfront area in the city’s Hunters Point district on the bay side. Earmarked as one of the largest urban developments on

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Richard Rogers and David Adjaye to select next Serpentine Pavilion architect

Next year’s Serpentine Pavilion in London will selected by architects including Richard Rogers and David Adjaye, it was announced today. For the past 16 years the annual commission has been selected by former Serpentine Galleries director Julia Peyton-Jones. But now she has moved on, the choice will be given to a panel that includes architects, More

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Ten projects worth knowing by London Design Medal winner David Adjaye

London Design Festival 2016: with the news that David Adjaye has won this year’s London Design Medal, we’ve rounded up some of the British architect’s most memorable designs, from his long-awaited Washington museum to a range of sustainable underwear (+ slideshow). Dirty House, London, 2002 As one of the projects that made Adjaye’s name, Dirty House is More

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David Adjaye’s NMAAHC gets set to open in Washington DC

Work has completed on the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture by British architect David Adjaye, which is poised to open next month (+ slideshow). Adjaye Associates worked with US firms Davis Brody Bond and The Freelon Group on the design and execution of the institution, which is one of the most More

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David Adjaye’s African American history museum nears completion in Washington DC

The final touches are being added to David Adjaye’s museum of African American history, a project that “felt like a bloodbath at times” according to the British architect. The almost-complete Smithsonian National Museum Of African American History And Culture (NMAAHC) has been captured by Instagram users ahead of its opening this autumn. A photo posted More

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Adjaye Associates chosen for Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art

David Adjaye’s firm has been selected to design a major new art museum in Riga, Latvia (+ slideshow).  London-based Adjaye Associates partnered with Latvian team AB3D on its design for the Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art, which was selected as the winner of an international design competition. Their proposal is for a building with an angular roofscape, referencing the traditional wooden houses of More

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Heatherwick, Chipperfield and Adjaye among high-profile architects and designers opposing Brexit

David Chipperfield, Ron Arad, Richard Rogers, David Adjaye and Thomas Heatherwick are among the architects and designers that have signed a letter backing the Remain campaign for the UK’s EU referendum. The letter says that Britain’s “global creative success would be severely weakened” if it was to leave the EU. David Chipperfield, Amanda Levete, Richard Rogers and David Adjaye are More

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David Adjaye’s Aïshti Foundation gallery and shopping centre nears completion in Beirut

Adjaye Associates has revealed images of its combined cultural foundation and luxury shopping centre in Beirut, Lebanon, ahead of the building’s completion later this year (+ slideshow). Designed by architect David Adjaye, the Aïshti Foundation’s building opened this week, although some interior details and the roof have yet to be finished. The foundation’s galleries are […]

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David Adjaye retrospective at Art Institute of Chicago includes a full-size pavilion

Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015: the first career retrospective of architect David Adjaye has opened at the Art Institute of Chicago, featuring a full-size replica of his 2007 Horizon pavilion (+ slideshow). Making Place: The Architecture of David Adjaye spans more than 20 years of architecture, furniture design, and urban planning. The exhibition, spread across galleries on two floors, […]

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Children’s museum opens inside David Adjaye’s Sugar Hill housing in Harlem

Murals and brightly covered paintwork cover the walls of a children’s art museum that has now opened on the lower floors of the David Adjaye-designed Sugar Hill housing complex in Harlem, New York (+ slideshow). Adjaye’s Sugar Hill development provides 124 affordable housing units on its upper floors and a preschool facilities for 100 infants – both of which opened […]

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David Adjaye unveils designs for a red concrete art museum in Texas

British architect David Adjaye has revealed plans for a museum in San Antonio, Texas, with a red concrete skin based on a dream of its patron, philanthropist Linda Pace. The distinctive facades of the two-storey, 14,000-square-foot (4,267-square-meters) contemporary art museum for the Linda Pace Foundation will be made of crimson precast panels flecked with glass aggregate. The panels […]

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David Adjaye gets green light for “contextually sympathetic” mixed-use Mayfair development

Planning permission has been granted for a luxury mixed-use development designed by British architect David Adjaye for a site opposite London’s iconic Ritz hotel. The 36,546-square-metre complex designed by Adjaye Associates for Crosstree Real Estate Partners will replace a block of disused post-war buildings on Piccadilly in London’s prestigious Mayfair district. Adjaye’s studio – which […]

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David Adjaye designs new home for Harlem’s Studio Museum

British-Tanzanian architect David Adjaye has been commissioned to design a new home for the Studio Museum in Harlem – an institution dedicated to promoting the work of artists of African descent. The New York museum is currently housed in a renovated, century-old building on 125th Street, which runs through the centre of the historic African-American […]

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David Adjaye to turn Johannesburg high-rise into plant-covered apartment block

Adjaye Associates has unveiled a proposal to transform a 1970s industrial building in Johannesburg into luxury apartments and a hotel, with balconies covered in plants (+ slideshow). David Adjaye’s firm – which has also just revealed a £600 million scheme for London’s Piccadilly – will overhaul the 17-storey building known as Hallmark House, in the South African city’s fast-developing […]

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David Adjaye reveals £600 million project for London’s Piccadilly

Adjaye Associates has unveiled plans to transform a collection of post-war buildings opposite The Ritz hotel in central London into a hotel and apartment complex. The £600 million project, known as One Berkeley Street, involves the redevelopment of properties at 70-73 Piccadilly, 1 and 3 Berkeley Street and 43-48 Dover Street, creating a 10-storey building facing […]

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Construction starts on David Adjaye’s spiralling stone extinction memorial

News: construction is now underway on a memorial to extinct species of the present and future, designed by David Adjaye for the Isle of Portland, England. A ground-breaking ceremony took place last week for the Mass Extinction Memorial Observatory (MEMO), a 30-metre-high stone spiral that will house an information and exhibition centre for the 860 species […]

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David Adjaye to transform “Mole Man” house in London into home for artists

News: architect David Adjaye has submitted plans to overhaul a house in Hackney – made famous by its former resident who dug a warren of tunnels underneath the property – to create a home for artist couple Tim Noble and Sue Webster. David Adjaye has designed a five-storey residence for a site in Hackney, the […]

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