Ground/Work is an international architecture competition inviting emerging designers to propose innovative designs for Van Alen Institute's new street-level work space and public venue. Three finalist teams were selected from a highly competitive Call for Portfolios and invited to develop design proposals for our new space.
Van Alen is pleased to announce that Collective–LOK has been selected as the competition winner! Construction will begin in winter 2013 – 14, and you can keep up with the project progress below.
September 23, 2013
Van Alen Institute Announces Competition Winner!
Today Van Alen Institute is thrilled to announce the selection of Collective–LOK as Ground/Work competition winner!
The winning team, a collaboration of Jon Lott (PARA-Project), William O’Brien Jr. (WOJR), and Michael Kubo (over,under), was selected from a group of three finalists invited by the Ground/Work jury to develop full design proposals over a six-week period. Collective–LOK’s proposal, titled Screen Play, presents a highly flexible space utilizing a subtle interplay of surfaces and screens to allow for the diverse range of uses demanded by the activities of the Institute, from multimedia exhibitions and lectures to workshops and private meetings.
September 17, 2013
Ground/Work Finalists Speak on the Process Behind Their Proposals
We wanted to share a bit more of the impressive work that all three finalist teams have developed over the past two months, so we spoke with each team to dive deeper into the motives behind their work—the impact of Van Alen’s mission on their approach, the role that previous projects played in their process, and the way they see a new chapter for the Institute taking shape within the space. Read their insights below for a peek into the process behind the finalist proposals.
We look forward to announcing a competition winner shortly, and to dig into the next phase of the Institute’s Ground/Work project. We’ll be tracking the whole process here from design and construction to our grand opening in 2014!
What aspect of Van Alen’s mission most inspired your design?
EFGH: Van Alen’s commitment to redefining the public realm had a great impact on our design. We were served with the task of accommodating a wealth of public—and a few private—programs on a limited floor plate, so we had to be inventive with a flexible and adaptable proposal. It forced us to think about what gives interior space its identity. In this case, static programs, and the labels they commonly receive, could not be relied upon to anchor identity. We saw this as positive in that questions such as “what is this space?” had to be answered differently. Not a “bookstore,” but rather a hinge between Street and Institute. Not an “office,” but rather a space of participation and debate.
September 4, 2013
VAI Reveals Ground/Work Finalist Designs!
Today VAI is pleased to present three inspired design proposals from our Ground/Work finalist teams: Collective–LOK, EFGH, and Of Possible Architectures. After weeks of hard work, each team has put forth their vision for how our street-level space can be repurposed and rethought as a flexible, welcoming venue.
We want you to stay involved in Van Alen’s next chapter, so we’ve partnered with Architizer to invite you to vote on the best proposal and contribute to the jury process. Visit the gallery to view all three designs, and be sure to cast your vote by September 10!
July 29, 2013
Finalist Teams Kick Off Next Phase of Ground/Work
On Friday, July 15, we convened our three finalist teams—Collective–LOK, EFGH, and Of Possible Architectures—for a private meeting to commence the next stage in VAI’s competition to design our new street-level venue. Fittingly hosted in VAI’s pop-up exhibition space opened behind our vibrant storefront for Van Alen Books (designed by LOT-EK), the kick-off dug deeper into the design brief and offered teams a chance to tour the full downstairs level that will be reimagined to house Van Alen Institute in mid-2014.
July 25, 2013
Van Alen Institute Announces Ground/Work Finalists
VAI is thrilled to announce the finalists for our Ground/Work Design Competition! We have invited three teams of emerging architects to take on the task of envisioning the Institute’s new street-level space as a vibrant and accessible center for innovative projects and public programs. Visit the finalists page to read more about the teams.