The CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation has announced the five finalists in the competition to design the area surrounding of the most iconic site in the world - Eero Saarinen's iconic Gateway Arch in St. Louis.
In alphabetical order the shortlisted firms, selected from a field of 49, are:
Behnisch Team led by Behnisch Architekten – Stuttgart, Germany, Los Angeles
MVVA Team led by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates – New York City
PWP Landscape Architecture, Foster + Partners, Civitas – Berkeley, Calif.
SOM, Hargreaves, BIG – Chicago
Weiss/Manfredi, Architecture/Site Design/Urbanism New York.
The jury will select the winner on 24 September and the completion of the project is 28 October 2015, the 50th anniversary of the completion of the Arch. Jury members are: Gerald Early, director of African and Afro-American Studies at Washington University; Robert Campbell, architecture critic at the Boston Globe; Denis Galvin, former deputy director of the National Park Service; and Cara McCarty, curator of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York; Alex Krieger, founding principal of Chan Krieger Sieniewicz; David C. Leland, urban strategies and director of Leland Consulting Group, Portland, Ore.; Laurie D. Olin, partner and landscape architect of the OLIN Studio, Philadelphia; Carol Ross Barney, founder and principal of Ross Barney Architects, Chicago.
The 630-foot stainless steel arch was completed in 1965 and quickly became an international destination and won immediate recognition as one of the world’s premier works of public art.
The grounds immediately surrounding it, designed by the late Dan Kiley, are also widely regarded as a masterpiece. But the site has become a kind of island – severed and isolated from the rest of the city – on its west, north, and south – and from the Mississippi River and points east.
“The goal of the first two steps of the process was to identify design teams with the talent, capacity and
commitment to create thoughtful design solutions addressing the complex issues of the site and its
relationship to the city, the river and the Illinois side. With this selection, that goal has been
accomplished,” said Competition Manager Donald J. Stastny, of StastnyBrun Architects. “The selected
teams represent local, national and international perspective, and we look forward to working with
them over the next few months as their visions evolve and they create their designs.”