Four Presidential Libraries for Obama to Consider

University of Illinois at . Image Courtesy of UIC

Of the four locations that are under consideration to host the future Barack Obama presidential library, two have released visions of what could be if their sites were selected – the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and the at Honolulu (UH). UH, who’s offering a stunning oceanside site on Waikiki Beach, paired Snøhetta, MOS, and Allied Works Architecture with local architects to draw up proposals, all of which share a deep connection to nature. UIC, on the other hand, has proposed an idea that reinterprets the library as a systemized network of public infrastructure focused on revitalization.

View all four proposals, after the break.

Lavaflow 7 / Craig Steely Architecture

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Architects: Craig Steely Architecture
Location: Pahoa, Big Island, Hawaii,
Architect In Charge: Craig Steely
Project Team: Luigi Silverman, Mary Barensfeld, Seth Pare-Mayer, Chris Talbot
Structural Engineer: Ray Keuning
Construction: Michael Lynch
Year: 2013
Photographs: Bruce Damonte

Clifftop House in Maui / Dekleva Gregoric Arhitekti

Architects: Dekleva Gregoric Arhitekti
Location: , , USA
Client: Robert & Drazena Stroj
Project Team: Aljoša Dekleva u.d.i.a., M.Arch. (AA Dist),Tina Gregorič u.d.i.a., M.Arch. (AA Dist), Flavio Coddou dipl.arch., Lea Kovič u.d.i.a.
Site Area: 10,000 sqm
Project Area: 450 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Video: Cristóbal Palma

The Hawai’i Wildlife Center / Ruhl Walker Architects

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Architect: Ruhl Walker Architects
Location: Halaula,
Consultants: Rhoady Lee Architecture and Design, Umemoto Cassandro Design Corporation, Tinguely Development Inc., Meridian Construction & Development, Ryan Associates General Contractors, William Blakeney Structural Engineers, Peter JK Dahlberg PE LLC, Mark Morrison And Associates, Smithsonian / SAO, Kohala Engineering, Pattison Land Surveying Inc.
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: William Ruhl

Kona Residence / Belzberg Architects

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Nestled between cooled lava flows, the Kona residence situates its axis not with the linearity of the property, but rather with the axiality of predominant views available to the site. Within the dichotomy of natural elements and a geometric hardscape, the residence integrates both the surrounding views of volcanic mountain ranges to the east and ocean horizons westward.

Architect: Belzberg Architects
Location: Kona, Hawaii,
Project Team: Hagy Belzberg, Principal; Barry Gartin, Project Manager; David Cheung, Barry Gartin, Cory Taylor, Andrew Atwood, Chris Arntzen, Brock DeSmit, Dan Rentsch, Lauren Zuzack, Justin Brechtel, Phillip Lee, Aaron Leppanen
Landscape Architect: Belt Collins Hawaii
Project Area: 7,800 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Benny Chan (Fotoworks), Belzberg Architects

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory / Flansburgh Architects


Architects: Flansburgh Architects
Location: Kamuela,
Partner in Charge: David A. Croteau, AIA
Client: Hawaii Preparatory Academy
Contractor: Quality Builders Inc.
Project Management: Pa’ahana Enterprises LLC
Civil Engineering: Belt Collins Hawaii Ltd.
Structural Engineering: Walter Vorfeld & Associates
Mechanical Engineering: Hakalau Engineering LLC
Electrical Engineering: Wallace T. Oki, PE Inc.
Surveyor: Pattison Land Surveying Inc.
Sustainability Consultants: Buro Happold Consulting Engineers
Completion Date: 2010
Construction Area: 6,100 square feet
Construction Value: $650/sf
Photographs: Matthew Millman

Conceived as a high school science building dedicated to the study of alternative energy, the new Energy Lab at Hawaii Preparatory Academy functions as a zero-net-energy, fully sustainable building. The project’s fundamental goal is that of educating the next generation of students in the understanding of environmentally conscious, sustainable living systems. The project targets LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge certification. Recently completed in January 2010, the Energy Lab today strives as a living laboratory, furthering its educational goals as a functioning example of sustainability.