Ground / Work: A Design Competition for Van Alen Institute's New Street-Level Space


Today Van Alen Institute is thrilled to announce the selection of Collective–LOK as Ground/Work competition winner!

The winning team, a collaboration of Jon Lott (PARA-Project), William O’Brien Jr. (WOJR), and Michael Kubo (over,under), was selected from a group of three finalists invited by the Ground/Work jury to develop full design proposals over a six-week period. Collective–LOK’s proposal, titled Screen Play, presents a highly flexible space utilizing a subtle interplay of surfaces and screens to allow for the diverse range of uses demanded by the activities of the Institute, from multimedia exhibitions and lectures to workshops and private meetings.

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This competition seeks innovative designs for a new street-level venue to house Van Alen’s work space and public programs.

Category Competition Result / Open to Students / Project Competition
Type International, Project, RfQ , Open, Two-Stage, Onymous
Genre Interior, Office
Country New York, United States
Registration Deadline 13 June 2013 GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 13 June 2013 (via Online)
Eligibility All entrants must hold a professional architecture degree or a professional degree from a related design field. Students who meet those eligibility requirements are welcome to apply.

Ground/Work is an occasion to embrace and support inventiveness in architectural design. Participants will need to work with maximum creativity while observing key constraints. First, designing within a strict budget is not simply encouraged but required, as the Institute consolidates its staff and programs within a smaller footprint. Second, Van Alen's building is located in the Ladies' Mile Historic District, and design proposals must adhere to all applicable landmarks regulations and the New York City building code. Third, consideration should be given to green design and energy efficiency, creating a space that is environmentally responsive and sustainable.
This two-stage competition seeks submissions from designers who are up to ten years out of school. After evaluation by a jury composed of Van Alen Trustees and design professionals, as many as three individual designers or firms will be selected to compete in the second phase of the competition. These finalists will be offered a modest stipend and will have three weeks to develop their designs. 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.

Stephen Cassell (Architecture Research Office, and Board of Trustees, Van Alen Institute)
Winka Dubbeldam (Archi-tectonics, and University of Pennsylvania)
Mark Gardner (Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects)
David van der Leer (Van Alen Institute)
Mark Robbins (International Center of Photography, and Board of Trustees, Van Alen Institute)
Ada Tolla (LOT-EK)
Marc Tsurumaki (LTL Architects)

Winning participants based outside of the New York area will be responsible for travel and accommodation costs during the competition.

Entry Fee

- Letter of interest
- Team description
- Design precedent
- Portfolio including a maximum of five projects, at least three of which should be built (for each project in a maximum of 2 pages)

Finalist Selected: 24 June 2013
Kickoff Meeting at Van Alen: 15 July 2013
Design Proposals: 15 September 2013
Winner Announced: 12 September 2013
Design Development and Construction Documents: Fall/ Winter 2013
Construction: Winter 2013/ Spring 2014

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