Van Alen Institute has revealed the three finalists of the Ground/Work competition to design its new street-level venue in New York. Collective-LOK, EFGH, and Of Possible Architectures have developed proposals that will integrate office, event, and exhibition space for the architectural nonprofit organization.
Collective-LOK proposes a “Screen Play” that will “enable and give shape to the broadest possible range of uses.” Elements include a polycarbonate wall of fixed and sliding panels to accommodate different types of events; a synthetic ceiling housing projectors, lighting, acoustic cones, and mechanical equipment; a panoramic projection screen; mirrored exterior screens; and translucent interior scrims to control the scale of spaces.
Three mobile components—the Media Wedge, the Bleacher, and the Hinge Table—form the design from EFGH. The team describes its approach as “an inherently sustainable strategy” in which the flexible design “allows for a multiplicity of functions to happen in a limited amount of space,” according to the proposal. In addition, a seasonal street seat on the exterior creates a “room” on the sidewalk.
The proposal from Of Possible Architectures suggests the Van Alen Stairs, inspired by the TKTS Steps, would “achieve an architecture of relational tectonics…which intentionally provokes relationships between people, their behavior, and their environment.” The stairs translate into the Van Alen Table, which can expand and contract along, around, and in between its 70-foot length.
A public vote (open until September 10) and a jury will determine the winning design by the end of September. Construction is expected to begin in the winter of 2013. To learn more, visit www.vanalen.org/groundwork.