Woburn Public Library Expansion Ideas Competition


First Prize
Lacina Heitler Architects, New York, NY
Design Team: Josh Heitler, Brian Cuff, Doug Houstoun, Marina Yu, Ed Rojas, Kevin Denlinger and Aaron Whitney.

Second Prize
Kaplan Chen Kaplan, Architects and Planners, Santa Monica, CA
Design Team: Barbara Krensky Kaplan, David Kaplan, Benito Sanchez (Team Leader), Ali Moghaddam, Melissa Peter, Judith Cukier

Third Prize
Mehmet Can Anbarlilar, Dorchester, MA

Honorable Mentions
Construct Studio, Lexington, MA
Design Team: Leno E. Filippi and Evan Hickey

Dominique Cheng, Toronto, Canada

View submissions.


How would you design an expansion of the Woburn Public Library by architect H.H. Richardson?

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students / Competition Result
Type International , Idea, Open, Single-Stage, Onymous
Genre Library
Country Woburn, United States
RegDeadline 23 January 2009 GoogleCal iCal
23 January 2009 (Must be Received)
Eligibility All

How would you provide 25,000 square feet of additional space for the library and the services required in the 21st century? How does this additional space impact and/or relate to the original building? What improvements can be made to the site and surrounding areas to reinforce the library's critical role as the "center" of town and source of local pride?
The intent of this "Ideas" competition is to:
- Broaden the field of ideas through bold clear concepts (similar to a sketch problem charrette) for the restoration and expansion of the library building
- Point out the complexities and opportunities that are inherent when adding on to an historically and aesthetically significant building by a renowned architect of the 19th century
- To raise the awareness of this beautiful piece of architecture for the people of Woburn and others

SHERIDA E. PAULSEN, FAIA (Principal, PKSB Architects, President 2009, AIA New York Chapter, Former Chair, New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission)
PRESTON SCOTT COHEN, AIA (Principal, Preston Scott Cohen, Inc., Chair, Department of Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design)
JESSICA PINEO LOHNES, AICP (Principal, FOLLIES, A Philanthropic Venture in architecture, urban design and planning)
GRETCHEN VON GROSSMANN, AIA, AICP, LEED AP (Principal, Von Grossmann & Company, An urban design, architecture, planning and communications firm)

First Place Award: $2500
Second Place Award: $1500
Third Place Award: $500
Select entries will be exhibited at Pink Comma Gallery and the Woburn Public Library.

Entry Fee

A CD with 3 presentation boards

Submission Address
Woburn Public Library, 45 Pleasant Street, Woburn, MA 01801

Awards reception date to be determined.

Woburn Public Library

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