AV Monografías 245: David Adjaye
After a childhood spent in several African cities and initiatory journeys in the Middle East exploring architectures removed from the hegemonic European canons, David Adjaye (Dar es Salaam, 1966) settled in London, where in the year 2000 he set up his first office. Since then, the firm has grown exponentially, and operates also from Accra and New York. Through a selection of fourteen works and seven projects arranged chronologically, the AV monograph features the early domestic commissions in the British capital, including Elektra House and Dirty House; iconic buildings raised on the American continent, such as the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., and 130 William in New York; and recent proposals for cultural institutions in Africa, like Edo Museum of West African Art in Benin City and the Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library in Johannesburg. This body of works reflects a varied architecture at the service of its context and of the community, determined to offer a diverse account of history.