Architecture studio Adjaye Associates has revealed its concept for a museum dedicated to West African art, which will be built in Benin City, Nigeria.
Named the Edo Museum of West African Art (EMOWAA), the museum is planned for a site in the center of Benin City next to Oba’s Palace – the home of Kingdom of Benin royals.
Investigating the archaeology of the Kingdom of Benin, including buried remains below the site, the EMOWAA Archaeology Project is set to start in 2021.
Appointed to undertake the initial concept and urban planning work on the new museum, Adjaye Associates will use “archaeology as a means of connecting the new museum into the surrounding landscape, by revitalizing and incorporating the surviving remains of the walls, moats, and gates of the historic city, seen throughout the modern city today”.
The concept building consists of a two-story block with seven gallery spaces on the upper floor and service spaces, offices, and auditoriums on the ground floor.
Each gallery will have high ceilings that extend from the main building to appear like a series of pavilions from the building’s exterior. The museum will also contain a taller tower that will be a viewpoint.