All images courtesy of Hawaii Presidential Centre
As one of four finalist locations to host the ‘Obama Presidential Centre’, the state of Hawaii has submitted a written proposal that outlines three different proposals for the Honolulu-based project. The scheme is envisioned as an ‘action-oriented, education-based’ complex that is able to unite the public in order to solve global problems. To this end, the response includes four principle program components: a global youth leadership academy; a convening institute; a university centre for community organizing and an interactive visitor centre.
To explore the full potential of the site, three conceptual designs were commissioned by renowned architectural firms working in local-national partnerships: Snøhetta and WCIT Architecture; MOS and Workshop-HI; and Allied Works Architecture. The conceptual plans are not meant to be prescriptive, as the architects who will ultimately design the center will be selected in a separate process.
Alongside Columbia University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Hawaii was selected as one of four finalists to host the Obama Centre in September 2014. The president and first lady are expected to make a decision on a location before mid-2015, with the Barack Obama Foundation supervising the project’s design, construction, and program operations.
‘We are proposing a presidential centre that not only commemorates Barack Obama’s legacy, but also advances innovation, research and education,’ stated President of the University of Hawaii, david lassner. ‘The president will continue to build upon his legacy once he leaves the white house, and this institution will help him continue to make a difference, not just in Hawaii but throughout the United States and around the world.’