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Ground/Work, New York, United States

Tuesday 24 Sep 2013

'Sophisticated and sensitive' scheme victorious

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Collective-LOK wins competition to design Van Alen Institute‚Äôs new digs in New York 

Collective-LOK has received the nod from a prestigious jury panel and the public to design the new home for the Van Alen Institute, an important New York cultural institution dedicated to promoting innovative thinking about the role of architecture and design in civic life. The competition, dubbed Ground/Work, attracted 120 entries from 20 countries and resulted in three finalists, including EFGH (Hayley Eber, Frank Gesualdi, Spencer lapp, Pat Ruggiero, and Ari Ivanova) and Of Possible Architecture (Vincent Appel, Ethan Lay-Sleeper, Jaime Magaliff, Paul Miller, Heather Murtagh, Franklin Romero, Jr., and Emily Ruopp in collaboration with Jay Atherton). But ultimately Collective-LOK’s proposal, entitled Screen Play, won the day.

The winning design envisions 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. “Collective-LOK’s proposal offers a vision that is both sophisticated and sensitive to the needs of Van Alen as an evolving cultural organization,” said David van der Leer, Executive Director of Van Alen Institute. “As we refocus the Institute on research and programs that also explore cities, we are fortunate to collaborate with this inspiring design team.”

Of their win Collective-LOK said in a statement: “We’re thrilled to participate in building a new institution home for Van Alen. The opportunity to shape one of the major cultural spaces for architecture and design in New York City is unique, and one that we look forward to given our shared background as architects, curators, critics, and educators. The competition process was a strong reflection of the Institute’s desire to create public dialogue on the role of architecture and design in the city, and we are proud to provide a setting that will support and enable that mission.”

In addition to the public vote, the finalists’ proposals were evaluated by a jury composed of Stephen Cassel (Architecture Research Office,and Board of Trustees, Van Alen Institute), Winka Dubbledam (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) and Marc Kushner (Hollwich Kushner, and Architizer).

Sharon McHugh
US Correspondent

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