The Obama Presidential Center (OPC) should be directed like Bilbao effect, that empower nearby district to extent the potential and possibility of further growth of economic and social harmony.
The overall architecture concept is intended to have minimal impact to the nature of the site. Adapted from high-line concept in New York, the park area is elevated and green area is doubled so that there likely to be nothing is intervene with the site.
The building mass is designed to be a monolithic circular-torrodial. That represents Obama philosophy of democracy, open, and universal orientation. The building appear to be like stadium or ampitheatre that should reflect democratic building.
In the west part of the site, the area is proposed to be converted to open public bazaar and innovation that could potentially increase positive public activity and accelerate youth enterpreneurship in the district.
The building is mainly accessed by pedestrian, either directly from the park or by elevated pedestrian way from the CTR metro line through the open bazaar.
The concept of building facade is “unity in diversity” that made from series of aluminum panel that has diverse pattern of perforation, that represent diversity of citizen in United States. Together with the elevated park, the Obama presidential center design concept should be bold yet subtle in its presence.
The realization of the mission of expanding opportunity is proposed through the public bazaar and open innovation center in the south west side, near the CTR line and gas-station . This open bazaar is periodically hosted events and cycling the public enterpreneurs to actively promote their business and attract more visitors from outside the neighbor/district.
Better health is represented through the campaign of green and sport spaces of the Washington Park itself that promote the vision of healthy community and better living. Also from the building design that represent seamless natural indoor-outdoor relationship.
To protect children from future climate change, the design vision let the children expand their knowledge about the farming technology, that is from programmed urban farming space interior and climate controlled indoor space. Also proposed in the future for space that functioned as sustainable development and food research center.
Open and transparent building design is promoting the campaign of Obama legacy of promoting peace, justice, and dignity to the world, that is created from the space of records and archive center that is publicly accessible.
You can experience the building within its setting in Chicago through the VR-Cloud developed by Competition Partners Forum8
Please follow these steps:
1. Download VR-Cloud Client:
Download VR-Cloud(R) Client Version (Free, Windows Version) at:
(Android Version) at:
2. Select Manual input, and copy/paste:
a3s://22.214.171.124:5731 and click “connect”
3. Click on the top left icon, and select “Take Control”
4. Click on same top left icon, and select “Explore the virtual world”
5. Select a mode of experience from the drop down menu, eg. walk, drive etc.
6. You can also select “Play Animation” and watch a pre-done animation by Forum8