Public voting for this competition is now closed. Stay tuned for the results, which will be announced in late September!
In May, Van Alen Institute launched Ground/Work, a competition calling on emerging architects to propose innovative designs for a new street-level venue that will house the New York-based organization’s diverse program of events, competitions, and curatorial projects.
From a pool of more than 120 international entrants, three finalist teams were invited to develop design proposals for the architecture and design nonprofit’s new home base. For the past month, these teams—Collective-LOK, EFGH, and Of Possible Architectures—have been dreaming up creative solutions that embody the Institute’s mission of public-oriented design.
Now, we’re revealing their visions for the Institute’s future home—and we want your vote for the best!
One winner will be selected by the Ground/Work jury to move into the project’s construction phase this winter. And for this phase, Architizer and Van Alen are teaming up to bring your voice to the competition jury—which includes Architizer’s very own Marc Kushner—as they select the winning design.
Explore the proposals below and on the Ground/Work Website, and be sure to cast your vote by Tuesday, September 10. And stay tuned—we’re looking forward to announcing a winner in late September.
And now…on to the proposals!
Project Description: "Screen Play" orders a range of spatial, curatorial, and temporal scenarios through a subtle interplay of surfaces that creates a complex and ambiguous presence. The complex interaction of these surfaces according to different conditions of use creates subtle, luminous effects of reflection, transparency, and translucency that alternately reveals or obscures the changing presence of these activities within the city. See more on the Ground/Work website.
Project Description: Recognizing the dramatic proportions of the site as an opportunity, the new VAI space turns a long skinny ground floor volume into a virtue: It maximizes the street level space, creating a large urban room that strives to reach the scale of the street, and extend the life of 22nd Street into the heart of the Institute. Through the easy manipulation of three mobile components in the space, the VAI can be radically transformed to accommodate a diverse range of programs. See more on the Ground/Work website.
Of Possible Architectures
Project Description: The Van Alen Table is a translation of the Van Alen Stair. Like the Stair, the Table achieves an architecture of relational tectonics. It is designed to intentionally create relationships between people, their behavior, their environment, and the performance of the new Van Alen Institute. See more on the Ground/Work website.
Proposals will be evaluated by:
- 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)
- Marc Kushner (Hollwich Kushner, and Architizer)
- David van der Leer (Van Alen Institute)
- Mark Robbins (International Center of Photography, and Board of Trustees, Van Alen Institute)
- Ada Tolla (LOT-EK)
- Marc Tsurumaki (LTL Architects)
- You! Be sure to cast your vote by September 10.