Condé Nast Traveller Middle East - - Tastemaker - – SK

Re­gard­less of the size of the build­ings they build, most ar­chi­tects ex­ist in neatly la­belled com­part­ments. Ad­jaye is an ex­cep­tion. Yes, he’s done night­clubs, bars and movie stars’ man­sions. But he’s also taken on com­mis­sions in Ac­cra, La­gos and Dakar, as well as some of the most emo­tion­ally fraught pub­lic projects of re­cent times. This ver­sa­til­ity may in part be down to his peri­patetic child­hood – his fa­ther was a diplo­mat. Many be­lieve the de­sign that will de­fine his ca­reer is the Na­tional Mu­seum of African-Amer­i­can His­tory and Cul­ture in Wash­ing­ton, DC. Its tiered shape – golden, crown-like – is both beau­ti­ful and mov­ing, echo­ing the tra­di­tional forms of the Yoruba peo­ple of West Africa. His breadth of vi­sion, look­ing be­yond the usual ref­er­ence points, is what makes him such a pow­er­ful voice on the global ar­chi­tec­tural land­scape.

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