Van Alen Institute Announces Ground/Work Competition Finalists

Van Alen Institute announced just last week the finalists for Ground/Work: A Design Competition for Van Alen Institute’s New Street-Level Space. Continuing the Institute’s more than century-long legacy of supporting architectural innovation through design competitions, research and public programs, Ground/Work called on emerging architects to take on the task of designing an engaging and accessible venue for the Institute as it reimagines both its physical space and intellectual agenda at its New York City headquarters.

The selected finalists are 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). More images and information after the break.

Van Alen Institute's ground floor space at 30 West 22nd Street. Photo: Cameron Blaylock

“We are thrilled by the jury’s selections, and look forward to the finalists’ imaginative visions for Van Alen as a center for innovative projects and public programs,” said David van der Leer, Executive Director of Van Alen Institute. “Ground/Work is an opportunity to recognize emerging talents in architecture while bringing fresh creativity to the Institute during an exciting period of change.” 

Van Alen Books, New York City's Architecture and Design Bookstore. Photo: Danny Bright

Stephen Cassell, Chair of Van Alen Institute’s Board of Trustees, said, “We are all pleased to see the enthusiasm that this competition has garnered from a community of young architects who are passionate about the role of architecture and design in civic life. I congratulate the finalists on their exceptional work and expect to see inspiring proposals from the teams in the fall.

Van Alen Institute's pop-up ground floor exhibition space. On view through June 8: Deconstruction/Construction: The Cheonggyecheon River Project in Seoul. Photo: Cameron Blaylock

Finalists will present their proposals to the jury in September 2013, and following the jury’s final selection, the winning team will have four months to complete design work and develop construction documents. Construction is expected to begin in winter 2013.

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Cite: Alison Furuto. "Van Alen Institute Announces Ground/Work Competition Finalists" 31 Jul 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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