Doing the groundwork

Friday 06 Sep 2013

Three up and coming NY design studios shortlisted for Van Alen Institute competition

Van Alen Institute today released three design proposals by the Ground/Work competition finalists for a street-level space to house the New York-based design organisation’s new home. The competiton was posted by WAN's Business Information Service (view brief).

In May, Van Alen launched Ground/Work, a design competition calling on emerging architects to propose visions for a new ground-floor venue that will house the more than century-old nonprofit’s programme of events, competitions, and curatorial projects exploring innovative architecture and urbanism.

The finalists - Collective-LOK (Jon Lott, William O’Brien Jr., and Michael Kubo); EFGH (Hayley Eber, Frank Gesualdi, Spencer Lapp, Pat Ruggiero, and Ani Ivanova); and Of Possible Architectures (Vincent Appel, Ethan Lay-Sleeper, Jaime Magaliff, Paul Miller, Heather Murtagh, Franklin Romero Jr., and Emily Ruopp, in collaboration with Jay Atherton) - were invited to develop proposals from an international Call for Portfolios in July, which generated submissions from more than 120 teams.

Now the three finalist teams have revealed their design ideas and the Institute has partnered with Architizer to seek the public’s vote on the best proposal and contribute to the jury process. Voting will take place from 4 September to 10 September, 2013. 

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

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