The National Museum of African American History and Culture opened on September 24, 2016. The 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution sits prominently on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and is completely devoted to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture, including an extensive collection of approximately 33,000 artworks and historic objects.
The building’s distinct enclosure with a bronze-colored cast aluminum scrim was recently profiled in Metal Architecture magazine’s article, Architectural Crown Jewel. The article provides a detailed explanation of the corona’s form, the panels’ inspiration, design and material finishes that create the facades luminous feeling.
Enclos was the design-assist contractor for the project’s facade, working with Cleveland-based Northstar Contracting Inc. to construct the glass curtainwall, architectural exposed structural steel (AESS) support system, cast-aluminum painted bronze corona panels, skylights, metal panels and storefront systems.
Photo © Alan Karchmer / NMAAHC
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