African American Museum Architect Adjaye’s New Tech Masterpiece

African American Museum Architect Adjaye’s New Tech Masterpiece

David Adjaye is the world renowned architect who led the design of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. He recently partnered with Master & Dynamic, a New York City-based premium audio company, to create a bold and innovative new wireless speaker.



Adjaye’s unique design, coupled with Master & Dynamic’s technology, produces a number of acoustic benefits. Made from a composite concrete, the speaker offers “increased dampening, reduced resonance from the enclosure, a purer sound, and added durability,” according to a press release from Master & Dynamic.

“This speaker is not about the traditional idea of making boxes, but about a directional form. I became fascinated with the idea of using triangles to break down the mass of the box, and to see if we could dissolve the sense of volume through sculptural detail,” said Adjaye, in a released statement. “We created a new geometry for this speaker; a new geometry of sound.”

The speaker’s specifications include dual four-inch, woven kevlar long throw woofers; a 1 ½ inch titanium tweeter powered by 100 watt of Class D amplification; and diamond-cut anodized aluminum controls. The components are protected by a detachable, magnetic grille.

In January of this year, it was announced that the Ghanian-British Adajaye was to be knighted by the Queen of England. A statement from The Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood at St. James’s Palace said that David Adjaye was being recognized for his “contribution to architecture and design” and as one of the leading architects of his generation and a global cultural ambassador for the U.K.”



And, on Friday, it was announced that Adjaye had made Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” list.