In honor of their 120th anniversary next year, the Van Alen Institute (VAI) challenged architects and designers come up with an inspired vision for their West 22nd Street storefront. Their Ground/Work competition received over 120 submissions from around the world, but only three finalists - Collective-LOK, EFGH Architectural Design Studio and Of Possible Architectures - were chosen to compete for a chance to see their designs come to fruition. Click through to discover the vision behind each team’s proposal.
In mid-2014, VAI will do away with the vibrant, yellow, stadium-style bleachers that once distinctively marked the pop-up exhibition space in exchange for a newly imagined interior and engaged street platform that is equal parts functional, innovative, accessible, and highly flexible.
The institute offers a dynamic written statement addressing the upcoming move toward a re-imagined space:
Capitalizing on the dynamic street-level presence created by Van Alen Books — the Institute’s storefront bookstore and event space launched in 2011 — Van Alen will relocate its staff and program area from the sixth floor to a reconfigured ground floor that will function as a light and highly flexible public space accommodating exhibitions, events, offices, and a bookselling platform.
The judges evaluating the finalists’ submissions include Stephen Cassell (Architecture Research Office), Winka Dubbeldam (Archi-tectonics), Mark Gardner (Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects), Mark Robbins (International Center of Photography), Ada Tolla (LOT-EK), Marc Tsurumaki (LTL Architects), David van der Leer (Van Alen Institute), and Marc Kushner (Hollwich Kushner).
Weigh in and vote for your favorite of the three competing designs no later than September 10th by clicking here. VAI will be announcing the winner at the end of the month.
Images via Van Alen Institute