Three teams of internationally acclaimed architects just unveiled proposals to build Barack Obama's presidential library in Hawaii. The University of Hawaii commissioned firms including Snøhetta, WCIT Architecture, Allied Works, MOS, and Workshop-Hi to propose designs for the building as part of the state's bid to construct the new Obama Presidential Center near the Kaka'ako Waterfront Park in Honalulu.
Hawaii is up against the University of Chicago and Columbia University in New York, which are the current favorites to win. But Hawaii hopes to earn the honor with a proposal that includes a multi-use center for education, including a Global Youth Leadership Academy and a museum.
Snøhetta teamed up with WCIT Architecture to design a building inspired by marine life – and they came up with a courtyard building inspired by coral polyps. Allied Works submitted a proposal that consists of a cluster of pavilion-like structures connected by a twisting roof. The elegant structure has teardrop-shaped openings and features three parts that represent Land, Community and Integrity. The third proposal is by New York-based studio MOS and Honolulu-based firm Workshop-Hi, who designed a series of small spaces connected by a green roof that celebrates Hawaii’s chain of interconnected islands.
London-based architect David Adjaye is also rumored to be working on a proposal, which wouldn’t be a surprise considering Obama has referred to him as his favorite architect. The project is expected to cost around $500 million and the winning design will be announced in March 2015.