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Ground/Work finalist teams reveal their designs for Van Alen Institute’s new street-level space
Posted: Wednesday, September 04, 2013 |

Back in July, we published the selected finalist teams for Ground/Work, the design competition for Van Alen Institute's new street-level space in New York City. The three competition finalists—Collective-LOK, EFGH, and Of Possible Architectures—spent the last few weeks developing their design ideas which were presented to the public today.

“We are excited and intrigued by the finalists’ visions for the Institute’s next incarnation,” said Van Alen Institute Executive Director David van der Leer. “We thank each of the teams for their hard work and for joining us in exploring this important next step for Van Alen.”

Stephen Cassell, Chair of Van Alen Institute’s Board of Trustees, said, “The three design proposals demonstrate sharp thinking from talented architects, and extend Van Alen’s long legacy of using competitions to spur innovative architectural visions. We look forward to a lively jury deliberation.”

Collage of the three finalist designs by Collective-LOK, EFGH, and Of Possible Architectures (from left to right)

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Collage of the three finalist designs by Collective-LOK, EFGH, and Of Possible Architectures (from left to right)

The public is now invited to vote on the best proposal and contribute to the jury process. Voting will take place from September 4 to September 10, 2013. Full details on the finalist teams and their proposals can be found at the Ground/Work online gallery at www.vanalen.org/groundwork.

In addition to the public vote, finalist design proposals will be evaluated by the competition jury composed of Stephen Cassell (Architecture Research Office, and Board of Trustees, Van Alen Institute), Winka Dubbeldam (Archi-tectonics, and University of Pennsylvania), Mark Gardner (Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects), Mark Robbins (International Center of Photography, and Board of Trustees, Van Alen Institute), Ada Tolla (LOT-EK), Marc Tsurumaki (LTL Architects), David van der Leer (Van Alen Institute), with the addition of Marc Kushner (Hollwich Kushner, and Architizer).

The winning design will be announced in late September, with construction expected to begin in winter 2013.

Here's a quick overview of the three finalist design proposals:

Collective-LOK

Team members: Jon Lott (PARA-Project), William O'Brien Jr. (WOJR), Michael Kubo (over,under)

"The new institutional home of the Van Alen has to be many things at once. The brief requires curatorial flexibility for a breadth of public programming including exhibitions, lectures, reading groups, and book launches; a comfortable and efficient office environment for different scales and modes of work ranging from formal to casual; a framework that can grow to include the second floor and basement as the institution expands in the future; and a mobile street seat that will bring the Van Alen's mission into the urban realm. To accommodate this range of scenarios within a limited square footage, we propose a Screen Play: a mechanism to order these spatial, curatorial, and temporal scenarios through a subtle interplay of surfaces that creates a complex and ambiguous presence in the city." – read more and vote

Collective-LOK: Street screen

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Collective-LOK: Street screen

Collective-LOK: Street screen from entry

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Collective-LOK: Street screen from entry

Collective-LOK: Office scenario

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Collective-LOK: Office scenario

Collective-LOK: Multi-projection exhibition scenario

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Collective-LOK: Multi-projection exhibition scenario

Collective-LOK: Lecture scenario

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Collective-LOK: Lecture scenario

EFGH

Team members: Hayley Eber, Frank Gesualdi, Spencer Lapp, Pat Ruggiero, and Ani Ivanova

"All of the Above

Interior = City. A microcosm of the space of the city, the new Van Alen Institute is imagined as a container for dynamic life. As an institution committed to the expansion of the definition of "public architecture" and the processes that shape the public realm, the VAI needs a home that embodies that ambition. Recognizing the dramatic proportions of the existing site as an opportunity, the proposed new Ground/ Work space turns a long skinny ground floor volume into a virtue: it maximizes the street level space, creating a single room - a large "grand hall" - that strives to reach the scale of the street, and extend the life of 22nd Street into the heart of the Institute." – read more and vote

EFGH: Street space

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EFGH: Street space

EFGH: Exhibition hall

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EFGH: Exhibition hall

EFGH: Discussion in the round

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EFGH: Discussion in the round

EFGH: Bookstore with media mode inset

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EFGH: Bookstore with media mode inset

EFGH: Exploded Isometric

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EFGH: Exploded Isometric

Of Possible Architectures

Team members: Vincent Appel, Ethan Lay-Sleeper, Jaime Magaliff, Paul Miller, Heather Murtagh, Franklin Romero Jr., and Emily Ruopp, in collaboration with Jay Atherton

"Of Possible Architectures is honored to offer this proposal for the next iteration of the Van Alen Institute. The VAI has developed a legacy of architectural projects through competitions and commissions. The Van Alen Stairs, inspired by the TKTS Steps, capture this legacy most succinctly. The Stairs achieve an architecture of relational tectonics. We have identified relational tectonics as the dimension of architecture which intentionally provokes relationships between people, their behavior, and their environment." – read more and vote

Of Possible Architectures: The new Van Alen Institute

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Of Possible Architectures: The new Van Alen Institute

Of Possible Architectures: The Van Alen office

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Of Possible Architectures: The Van Alen office

Of Possible Architectures: The Van Alen Table configured as event seating

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Of Possible Architectures: The Van Alen Table configured as event seating

Of Possible Architectures: Translating an architecture of relational tectonics

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Of Possible Architectures: Translating an architecture of relational tectonics

Of Possible Architectures: The Van Alen Table

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Of Possible Architectures: The Van Alen Table

All images courtesy Van Alen Institute.



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